Iconic Maracana stadium declared unsafe, Brazil-England friendly scrapped

An estimated 74,000 people had been expected to watch Sunday's game between hosts Brazil and England but a judge has cancelled the friendly citing safety concerns.

updated: May 31, 2013 08:49 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: A Brazilian judge has canceled Sunday's friendly game between Brazil and England in Rio's iconic Maracana stadium, citing safety concerns at the recently renovated facility.

The O Estado de Sao Paulo daily on Thursday quoted court sources as saying a Rio judge acted following a request from state prosecutors, who said Maracana did not "meet the minimum necessary conditions to host games or events".

Calls to the court for confirmation of the report were unanswered. Thursday is a public holiday in Brazil.

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