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Manaus mayor issues invitation to city's critics

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Manaus mayor Arthur Virgilio told journalists on Wednesday he was aware of the contents of a controversial Daily Mirror article which warned English fans they would be risking their lives by visiting the city where Roy Hodgson’s men face Italy in the group stages.

The British tabloid described the city as a “crime-ridden hell-hole,” a statement the mayor was quick to deny although he admitted Manaus had some problems.

Last week, Roy Hodgson had already expressed concerns about the city’s scorching temperatures.

England open their World Cup campaign against la squadra azzurra on June 14.