England-Brazil to go ahead despite Maracana safety fears

  • 31 May 2013
Maracana Stadium

England's football friendly against Brazil is set to go ahead on Sunday, despite safety fears over the stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

A court order on Thursday suspended the game at Maracana Stadium because of concerns over rubble and building materials lying around the site.

But that decision was overturned a few hours later.

The Rio de Janeiro state government said it'd presented a report showing the venue met safety rules.

The 78,000-seat venue reopened in April after nearly three years of work updating it for the 2014 World Cup finals.

Last month a Brazilian newspaper reported uneven flooring with small gaps and holes, flooding in the VIP area, and a lift that didn't work properly.