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FIFPro is deeply concerned about the health and safety of the players who are competing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

FIFPro Secretary General Theo van Seggelen: "We expect FIFA to strictly enforce the relevant medical procedures, including the possibility for extra cooling breaks."

For FIFPro protecting the health and safety of professional footballers is of paramount importance. This must drive decision making at all levels of football.

Medical and scientific experts are clear that playing in extreme heat is hazardous and requires sporting organisations to have strong and proactive policies that ensure players are not subjected to any unreasonable risk to their health.

Of the 64 FIFA World Cup matches in Brazil, 24 have been scheduled at 13:00 hours local time, several of them in tropical conditions. There are also two matches scheduled at 15:00 hours and 11 matches at 16:00 hours. Not all matches will be played in tropical circumstances, but some will.

To protect the health of all participating players, FIFA has announced that additional cooling breaks after the 30th minute of the first and second halves of the game will be granted if the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) exceeds 32 degrees.