Two dead in stadium collapse

Two people have confirmed to have been killed at the stadium that will host the opening match of next year's World Cup in Brazil. It appears a crane collapsed onto the stadium, causing significant damage.

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Damaged Brazil stadium 'will be ready for World Cup'

A fatal construction accident at Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium may delay its opening until February, but FIFA is not worried about it being ready for the World Cup, Reuters has reported.

A preliminary investigation into yesterday's accident indicated that damage was confined to the concourse area and did not affect the stands that could have taken longer to fix, a Reuters source said.

Two people were killed after a crane collapsed at the Corinthians Arena. Credit: REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

FIFA has said all World Cup stadiums must be finished by the end of December, but that would appear impossible in Sao Paolo following the accident.

FIFA said earlier today it would not know the length of the delay at the venue "until next week at the earliest".

FIFA awaiting news on 'scale of damage' at stadium

FIFA said it is waiting to find out the extent of the damage caused by an accident at a Brazilian stadium before deciding whether the venue will be ready for the 2014 World Cup.

Two workers were killed yesterday at Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena, which is due to host the opening match of next summer's tournament.

There are concerns that Brazil will not be ready to host the 2014 World Cup. Credit: REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

"It is too premature to make any detailed assessment on the situation of the Corinthians Arena as we are still awaiting the technical report to be able to evaluate the scale of the damage," FIFA said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

"We will be able to provide an update earliest next week."

Part of the stadium was destroyed when a crane crashed into a 500-ton metal structure that toppled onto the venue's east stand.

Sao Paulo death toll revised down to two

A statement on the website of Corinthians, the Brazilian club due to occupy the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, said the number of workers killed was two, rather than the three initially reported.

In the early afternoon an accident in the work of Corinthians Arena caused the death of two workers - Fábio Luiz Pereira, 42, driver / operator, and Ronaldo Oliveira dos Santos, 44, assembler.

Shortly before 13:00, the crane that hoisted the last module of the structure of the metal roof of the stadium collapsed, causing the fall of the part of the circulation area of the east building - partially hitting the LED facade.

The structure of the grandstand was not compromised.

Teams of firemen are in place. At the moment, all efforts are focused to provide full assistance to the families of the victims.

– Corinthians

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Fallen crane seen with collapsed stadium roof

Images from Brazilian television showed part of the fallen crane, seen in yellow, underneath the metal structure which had buckled and collapsed onto a section of the stand at the stadium in Sao Paulo.

The collapsed metal structure had fallen onto part of a stand. Credit: Hora News
Television pictured showed the damage. Credit: Brazilian Television.

FIFA boss 'extremely shocked' by stadium collapse news

FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said he was "extremely shocked" by the news of a fatal stadium collapse in Sao Paulo.

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Extremely shocked by the news from Sao Paulo. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this accident. (1/2)

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We are currently awaiting further details from the authorities, who are investigating this tragic accident. (2/2)

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