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Confederations Cup 2013: Roof collapses at stadium

The Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador (©GettyImages)
The Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador (©GettyImages).

The Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, seemed set to host the Confederations Cup in June. However, a small part of the roof has collapsed - just weeks before the tournament kicks off.

The stadium roof was unable to sustain the large amounts of water that settled on it after a heavy downpour. Many workers were seen trying to remove water from other areas in order to prevent other parts of the stadium collapsing. Part of the canvas which covered the stands were seen hanging.

There were no reports of injuries, but engineers were still sent to the venue to investigate what had happened.

Ironically, the roof's collapse took place on the same day Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff admitted her admiration for the stadiums and the country's preparations for the Confederations Cup.

"I am certain Brazil will shine on and off the field," Rousseff said on her radio show. "I travelled across the country to inaugurate six Confederations Cup stadiums...and was impressed with the beauty and modernity of these new football stages."

The Fonte Nova is set to host many three Confederation Cup matches including the Brazil v Italy match-up on June 22. It will also be home of the third-place match on June 30 and will be used during the 2014 World Cup finals, during which it will host six matches, including a quarter-final.

The Fonte Nova isn't the only stadium in Brazil to face a setback. Heavy rains are becoming the cause of setback for many stadium projects in the Latin American country.

The rains delayed an inspection of the Maracana stadium in March and organisers had to delay a pitch installation at the stadium in Brasilia.

FIFA, however, is unwilling to listen to such excuses.

The organisation stressed: "Delays like the ones observed will not be tolerated for the stadiums that will host only FIFA World Cup matches, which involves a significantly higher number of host cities, teams, fans, matches, journalists, and TV audience."

Sadly, out of six Confederations Cup venues, only two were ready by FIFA's December deadline. There has only been one test match at each stadium, where FIFA usually requires three before major sporting events.

 

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