England’s game with World Cup hosts Brazil has been given the all-clear after safety concerns over the redeveloped Maracana stadium were resolved, BBC
The fixture was suspended by a court order on Thursday because a state government report on safety procedures had not been delivered. However, the local authority blamed a bureaucratic error for the failure and insisted the stadium met all safety requirements, with a judge later revoking the suspension.
The statement from the Rio de Janeiro government said: “All safety requirements for the friendly between Brazil and England have been complied with and, because of a bureaucratic failure, the appraisal from the public ministry that proves the compliance with the rules on safety at the Maracana have not been sent to Suderj,” with Suderj the division of the Rio state authority that deals with the administration of sports venues.
Three years’ renovation work was recently completed on the Maracana, ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals. The work was finished four months behind schedule, with consistent reports from local media of problems with the iconic stadium because of the urgent push to finish the work and suggestions the stadium is still not safe for supporters.
England have not played at the Maracana since 1984 but the visit of Roy Hodgson’s side is considered a major test of its suitability, with the Confederations Cup to come later in the summer.
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