Brazil’s overdue and over-budget World Cup 2014 preparations have been plunged into further chaos following news that the Arena das Dunas in Natal may not be ready for its opening match of the tournament.
Mexico is due to face Cameroon on Friday in what is scheduled to be the first match held at the stadium.
While SECOPA (Extraordinary Secretary for World Cup Related Subjects) has guaranteed that the stadium is all but finished, the fire department responsible for signing the order of release for the use of the site has disagreed.
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According to firefighters, there should have been a safety inspection of the site on Tuesday, but they were not authorized to make their visit, meaning that the stadium is yet to be cleared to host matches.
The Arena de Sao Paulo, the stadium scheduled to host the opening game of the tournament between Brazil and Croatia on Thursday, faced similar issues.
The Sao Paulo firefighters department refused to sign off on its temporary seating, which led to FIFA recalling a number of sold tickets.
Fans that acquired seats in that part of the stadium were forced to exchange their purchased seats for those situated in other areas of the stadium, causing the capacity to fall from around 68,000 to little over 60,000.