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Builders On Strike at England's Opening Game Venue

Manaus has been the hot topic here in England since the draw, with the conditions being the main focus. However now the half completed stadium is in the news for other reasons.

Shaun Botterill

It was the same in South Africa, a race to complete the venues in time for the World Cup. Currently in Brazil, only 6 of the 12 stadiums being used for the 2014 World Cup are complete, which is worrying considering the World Cup kicks off in just 6 months time. This is the main problem with giving the World Cup to countries who don't already have the correct infrastructure in place. We have seen protests in Brazil at all the money being spent to try and ensure the World Cup is a success, of course it will bring revenue to the host cities, but many have questioned whether it is worth it.

A week or so ago a man who was working on the construction of the Manaus Stadium, it is the latest in a string of incidents at sites across the country. On the 27th of November, two men were killed when a crane fell destroying sections of the Sao Paulo's Arena Corinthians, the site of the opening World Cup game. Hours after Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira fell from the rafters of the Manaus stadium, another man dies of a heart attack at a nearby construction site, his family citied the fact he was overworked as a contributing factor.

Pressure is on Brazilian workers to complete the stadiums, FIFA had a December deadline on all stadiums being complete, but here we are late into the month and half the venues are still incomplete. Brazil have already gone over budget in their preparations and will continue to face public backlashes as more public money is spent on a month long football celebration, money that maybe should go back into the countries infrastructure.

This week Brazilians working on the construction of the Manaus stadium went on striker over concerns for their safety, with the stadium already falling behind deadline for completion, the stress on the Brazilian football association is sure to intensify over the coming months. Work on the high sectors of the stadium has remained banned by court order, and workers at the stadium have been highly critical of the lack of safety regulations in place.

It really is a race against time, with the clock ticking and the work halted!