FIFA threaten to exclude Curitiba stadium from World Cup

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FIFA threaten to exclude Curitiba stadium from World Cup

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A stadium in Curitiba risks being excluded from the list of World Cup host venues in Brazil following serious construction delays.

Football’s world governing body FIFA has told officials in the Southern Brazilian city that they have until February 18 to prove they can get the venue ready.

FIFA and the Parana state government have promised to inject an extra 12.14 million euros to help speed up the work.

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said: “What we are expecting is to see, a progress, and to understand where we are going and that all what is putting in place today will have an impact on the work in the stadium.”

With the World Cup looming large the 43,000 seater stadium is only 88.8 percent complete according to local media.

It is not just Stadium delays that are causing concern – improvements to Brazil’s Airports and public transportation are also behind schedule as the country prepares to host the tournament for the first time since 1950.