Brazil's World Cup stadium fails to meet deadline

Rio De Janeiro, Jan 1 : Construction work on Brazil's Beira-Rio World Cup stadium remains two months from completion despite being ready to host matches, officials said.

Organisers confirmed that world football's governing body FIFA had extended the venue's construction deadline from December 31 to February 28, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

"Development has reached its final stage and the working schedule remains within the time frame set by FIFA," stadium operator Brio Holding said in a statement.

The remaining phase involves the placement of translucent membranes to support the venue's roof.

Located in the southern city of Porto Alegre, Beira-Rio will host five World Cup matches next June and July.

It is one of six stadiums yet to be completed for football's signature event despite FIFA having earlier warned there was no "plan B" for venues not ready by December.

--IANS (Posted on 01-01-2014)

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