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Worker dies in Brazil stadium construction

Monday, December 16, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO - A construction worker died yesterday in an accident at the Manaus Arena World Cup stadium in Brazil, dealing another blow to preparations for next year's football extravaganza.

The accident will add further scrutiny to safety measures in the race to be ready for the event, coming barely two weeks after two people died at the venue in Sao Paulo which is scheduled to host the June 12 opening match between Brazil and Croatia.

Yesterday's death was also the second fatality to hit the Manaus venue, which will host England's opening match against Italy, plus three other World Cup matches. A 49-year-old worker died there last May.

A further accident came at the new stadium in the capital Brasilia last year.

Manaus is the capital of the Amazonia region, far north of Sao Paulo and Brasilia. The city was a controversial choice for a new multi-million dollar stadium, not least because there is no top club in the area to attract fans after the 2014 event.

Officials named Saturday's victim as 22-year-old Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, who died in the early hours after falling 35 metres from the roof of the $200 million, 42,000-capacity stadium.

Brazilian media reported that he fell after a cable broke as he prepared to finish a night shift.