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England's fixture with Brazil in doubt

By Football News



England's international friendly with Brazil on Sunday has been suspended amid safety concerns at the Maracana Stadium.

A court order was passed on Thursday ruling that the match would not go ahead as planned, but that decision has been immediately appealed and could be reversed.

A statement from the government of Rio de Janeiro said all safety requirements had been met ahead of the fixture, and a report proving the safety of the stadium that had not been passed to the judge will be forwarded.

The stadium has only just completed its renovation, after almost three years of work has been undertaken to ensure its suitability for the 2014 World Cup.

Despite the work taking four months longer than originally planned, there were still reports of uneven flooring, floods in VIP areas and a faulty lift.

Sunday's game would mark the first time the two club's have met in Rio since 1984 and represents a focal point of the English Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations.

The two teams met as recently as February this year at Wembley, with Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard scoring either side of a Fred strike to give England a 2-1 win.