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England - Brazil friendly in Rio suspended due to unsafe conditions

Construction workers take a break in front of Maracana stadium, where renovations work is still ongoing, in Rio de Janeiro

Construction workers take a break in front of Maracana stadium, where renovations work for the upcoming Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup is still ongoing, in Rio de Janeiro May 30, 2013. Rio de Janeiro authorities decided to suspend the friendly match between Brazil and England scheduled for this Sunday, at Maracana stadium, over security fears for the audience as the stadium is still being renovated, according to local media. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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According to the Associated Press, Sunday’s friendly between Brazil and England in Rio de Janeiro is off due to unsafe conditions of the Maracana stadium where the event was supposed to be held.

However, conflicting reports are surfacing, with Sky News saying word from FIFA and the English FA is the match will take place.

The Associated Press report describes a disastrous situation for Brazil with that will only raise questions whether the Brazilian government and the city of Rio are equipped to handle such a large event come next year’s World Cup.

Apparently judge Adriana Costa dos Santos has suspended the event due to unsafe conditions involving renovations to the stadium for the Confederations Cup and World Cup. The Brazilian government countered, saying the stadium is safe but paperwork to prove it was not delivered due to a “bureaucratic error.”

It remains to be seen whether the friendly will actually go on as planned, but either way this kind of publicity doesn’t bode well for the location of the 2014 World Cup.