Blatter shocked by World Cup stadium accident

By Drum Digital
28 November 2013

IFA president Sepp Blatter expressed shock at the death of two workers at the stadium which will host the opening game of next year's World Cup.

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"I'm deeply saddened by the tragic death of workers @Corinthians arena today," Blatter said on Twitter. "Our heartfelt condolences are with the families."

A third worker was rushed to hospital with injuries after the accident, dealing a fresh blow to Brazil's troubled build-up to the tournament.

Police in Sao Paulo said the workers were scrambling to meet a December 31 set by football's governing body FIFA to complete work at the venue.

FIFA, which has faced recent scrutiny over worker conditions at under-construction venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, later said safety standards for workers were "a top priority."

Brazilian media said the accident happened when a crane lifting a 500-ton lattice structure to the top of the stands toppled over, bringing down three metal structures.

Fire-fighters, ambulances and a police helicopter were at the scene, which was cordoned off.

- SAPA

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