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Fifa secretary confirms Curitiba as World Cup venue

Fifa secretary Jerome Valcke has confirmed on Twitter that Curitiba has been confirmed as a venue for the World Cup in Brazil.

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Curitiba confirmed as #WorldCup venue, based on the financial guarantees, the commitment by all stakeholders & progress made.

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It’s a race against a very tight timeline. Collective effort by all the stakeholders involved in Curitiba must continue at highest pace.

Read more: Fifa to keep World Cup games in Curitiba despite delays

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Hodgson visits Brazil to assess World Cup conditions

Roy Hodgson is visiting Brazil to assess the conditions and facilities for England's first World Cup game against Italy.

The England manager said conditions should be "no more testing" than when he coached Switzerland at the World Cup in Detroit twenty years ago.

Amid worries over the timely and safe completion of the stadium in Manaus, Hodgson said he had "every faith" in FIFA to do "everything they can and need to do to get the games played as they should be played."

'Ironic' Brazil mayor happy to host Rooney and England

The mayor of the Brazilian city where England will kick off their World Cup campaign has told ITV News he was being "ironic" when he said the team weren't welcome in his region.

Manaus mayor Arthur Virgilio Neto had been responding to Roy Hodgson's claim before the draw that the city was "one to avoid" for its fierce humidity and large distance from England's Rio training base.

But the two men have exchanged pleasantries since and Mr Neto now said England "welcome in the Amazon".

He even declared himself a big fan of Wayne Rooney when speaking to ITV News' Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft:

Watch: Nick Ravenscroft reports from Manaus' still-under-construction stadium

FIFA's No. 2: Brazil stadium will be ready for England

Fifa General Secretary Jerome Valcke has told ITV News the still-under-construction stadium in Brazil where England will kick off their 2014 World Cup campaign against Italy will be ready for the tournament.

The Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, which is still under construction, is scheduled to host England's opener against Italy on 14 June. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Mr Valcke was among a group of football officials meeting the media at the venue in Manaus, which will today be visited by England boss Roy Hodgson and FA officials.

Hodgson will be introduced to the Brazilian officials with whom he fell out over his comments - made before England were drawn to play there - that the humid city was a "place to avoid".

Roy Hodgson has patched up relations with Manaus officials after his pre-draw comments about the city. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Hodgson has since written to the mayor of Manaus saying his team's visit to the city will be "one of the highlights of the tournament".

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Brazil mayor to 'welcome England' after Hodgson spat

The mayor of the Brazilian city where England will kick off their World Cup campaign has played down a spat with manager Roy Hodgson and declared the Three Lions "welcome in the Amazon".

Manaus mayor Arthur Virgilio Neto had originally said England were "not welcome" after Hodgson described the humid city as a "place to avoid" before FIFA's draw was made.

The England boss, who is today visiting the city's still-in-construction stadium, has since apologised and Mr Neto told ITV News the squabble was "just a misunderstanding".

ITV News' Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports from Manaus:

Read: Hodgson makes amends after Manaus comments

Brazil union chief demands better stadium safety

Another worker has died at the Manaus stadium in Brazil, the third fatality at the site in a year
Another worker has died at the Manaus stadium in Brazil, the third fatality at the site in a year Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A union leader at the World Cup stadium in Manaus, Brazil has demanded guarantees for worker safety after a third death at the site within a year.

Workers are unlikely to return to the building site on Monday, said union leader Cicero Custodio, who added: "We have to guarantee the workers' rights and their safety."

The local union chief has demanded better safety at the Manau stadium construction site
The local union chief has demanded better safety at the Manau stadium construction site Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Portuguese man, 55, was killed at the stadium while disassembling a crane used for building the stadium's roof, according to AP.

He was the third construction worker to die at the stadium in the last year. Workers have demanded a strike in response to the latest Manau death.

Workers threaten to strike at Brazil stadium after death

Workers at a World Cup stadium in the Brazilian city of Manaus are threatening to go on strike after a third worker died during the construction of the venue.

The Arena da Amazonia stadium in Manaus, Brazil, pictured during construction in December 2013
The Arena da Amazonia stadium in Manaus, Brazil, pictured during construction in December 2013 Credit: Marcus Brandt/DPA/Press Association Images

A 55-year-old Portuguese worker was killed on Friday while disassembling a crane.

He is now the third person to die at the venue in less than a year.

Construction of the stadium, which is due to host England's opening game against Italy, is already behind schedule.

Another construction worker dies at World Cup stadium

A construction worker has died in an accident outside the World Cup stadium in the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus where England will play their opening group match against Italy.

He is the third worker to die in or near the stadium in Manaus.

Fifa's general secretary tweeted:

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FIFA deeply regret the death of the worker who was disassembling a crane used in the construction of the roof of the Arena Amazonia. 1/2

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With great sadness we send our sincere condolences to the family, on behalf of both FIFA and the Local Organising Committee tonight. (2/2)

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