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Judge allows England game despite stadium safety fears

By James Barnes

31 May 2013 at 11:10 BST

A Rio de Janeiro judge yesterday overturned an earlier ruling that sought to suspend a friendly football match between England and Brazil at the Maracana stadium due to the stadium being 'unsafe'.

The iconic Maracana stadium

Sky News reports that the first ruling officially suspended the game because of fears that debris left by builders at the recently-rebuilt stadium could be used as missiles in the case of a disturbance.
However, a later statement from the Rio state government confirmed the stadium complies with ‘all safety rules’ and a safety certificate was granted.
The 78,000-seat Maracana has been rebuilt at a cost of around £300 million as Brazil gears up to hold next month's Fifa Confederations Cup, next year's football World Cup final and the 2016 Olympics.


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