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World Cup stadium in Brazil partially collapses; two dead, another seriously injured

Nov 27, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

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Reports say two people have died and another has been seriously injured after part of the stadium set to host the World Cup opening match in Brazil partially collapsed early Wednesday.

Initial reports said three people had been killed but that number was later revised.

According to Sky Sports, a collapsing crane destroyed part of the stands at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paolo. The building was 94 percent complete.

There is a FIFA mandate that says all World Cup venues must be complete by December. Some construction sites have been said to be under construction on an everyday, every hour basis to meet the start of the competition.

FIFA released the following statement:

 “FIFA and the LOC (local organising committee) have learnt of the death of workers at the Corinthian’s Arena site in Sao Paulo with great sadness. We wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the workers who tragically died today. The safety of workers is the top priority for FIFA, the LOC, the federal government. We know the safety of all workers has always been paramount for all the construction companies contracted to build the 12 FIFA World Cup stadiums. The local authorities will fully investigate the reasons behind such a tragic accident.”

Sport Club Corinthians, who own the stadium which will host a total of six World Cup matches, released a statement on the collapse:

“The board of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista hereby deeply regret the accident earlier in Corinthians Arena. No other information at this time.”

Another stadium in Brazil, the Arena Fonte Nova, had a roof collapse prior to the Confederations Cup in the summer.

  1. dfstell - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    I don’t think I’d want to sit in the parts of the stadium that they’re rushing to complete.

  2. Circe - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I am not Catholic, but the comments of Pope Francis on income inequality must resonate with many Brazilians today. Yet another example of how much the poor have sacrificed for our enjoyment. Why must it be so? Football is the most egalitarian sport in the world. The equipment is not expensive, and kids who have nothing play barefoot with rag balls. Even the gender gap is closing in football, and that is something we can never expect to see in American football.

    • talgrath - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      But this grows the game, according to Sepp Blatter and FIFA, having countries that use slave labor or that sacrifice public services in favor of new football stadiums to host the World Cup are a good thing! Wanting to host games in established soccer stadiums in North America or western Europe where such sacrifices are unnecessary is just bias on your part! How dare you try to suppress diversity in football!

  3. mhfreak - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Okay…wait…The article title states that part of the stadium collapsed but fails to mention, until the 2nd paragraph, that A CRANE FELL ON IT!
    Might be some important information there!

    Why did the crane collapse? Were the people who died IN the crane? Was the crane carrying something too heavy that made it collapse? High winds? Was it holding up the part of the stands that collapsed?
    How about some relevant details?
    Holy cow what a horrible article.

  4. 22yearsagotoday - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    If you drink enough beer you won’t even notice the stadium collapsing around you. Pound.

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