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Football: Sao Paulo stadium handed to owners, unfinished

Published on Apr 16, 2014 5:36 AM
A general view of the Arena Sao Paulo stadium, which will host the opening soccer match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in Sao Paulo on April 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAO PAULO (AFP) - The construction firm behind the new World Cup stadium at Sao Paulo, due to stage the opening match on June 12, Tuesday handed over the site to owners Corinthians, although work has yet to be completed ahead of a planned mid-May handover to FIFA.

In a symbolic handover to first division outfit Corinthians, Antonio Gavioli, contracts' director with constructor Odebrecht, handed a commemorative plaque to club chairman Mario Gobbi and former chairman Andres Sanchez, now overseeing the site.

The stadium, which will host Brazil's curtain-raiser against Croatia on June 12, has been beset by delays, following two fatal accidents during construction which killed three site workers.

Corinthians are due to hand over the stadium to FIFA on May 20, less than a month before kick-off, but Gobbi lauded Tuesday's handover.

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