FIFA to review World Cup stadium safety after Sao Paolo deaths

FIFA will urgently investigate the safety of the World Cup stadium in Sao Paolo after two construction workers were killed when a crane collapsed, Sky Sports has reported.

The stadium is due to host the tournament’s opening game on June 12, as well as one of the semi-finals, and will be home to local club Corinthians after the competition is concluded.

FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) will explore the circumstances of the accident, which is believed to have occurred as the crane put into place a part of the stadium’s roof. A statement on the Corinthians website confirming the deaths added: “The structure of the grandstand was not compromised. It was the 38th time this type of procedure had been performed during the work.

A statement from FIFA read: “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.

Sao Paolo is one of 12 host cities for the 2014 World Cup. Others include Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Salvador and Natal.

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