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Crane disaster casts more doubt over the Brazil World Cup in 2014

 

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Preparations for next summer's World Cup in Brazil suffered another huge setback after a crane collapsed on one of the stadiums currently under construction.

Two workmen were killed as a crane fell and destroyed parts of Sao Paulo's Arena Corinthians stadium, where Brazil are due to play the opening match of the World Cup in the 65,000 capacity venue next summer.

Presently only six of the 12 planned new stadiums for the tournament are complete, and they were used at the Confederations Cup over the summer, but whether the remaining six will be finished in time is in serious doubt.

Worryingly this is not the first time workers have died since construction on the World Cup Stadiums began, with two other men having lost their lives before Wednesday. 

An investigation into the cause of the accident in Sao Paulo is expected to begin on Thursday.

Arena Corinthians, which will stage five further World Cup games, including a semi-final, in addition to the opening fixture, was due to be completed at the end of December to meet a Fifa deadline.

After the World Cup the stadium - also known as the Itaquerao - is expected to accommodate nearly 50,000 people. However, at Fifa's request, 20,000 temporary seats are to be added ahead of the tournament.

The draw for the tournament is due to take place on December 6th in Rio de Janeiro.

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