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Safety concerns delay World Cup stadium construction

Created on Oct. 03, 2013 1:11 AM EST

One of the stadiums set to host matches at the 2014 World Cup has had construction halted due to safety concerns.

As Brazil gears up to host the world football pinnacle, stadium safety concerns at Curitiba Stadium have stopped workers in their quest to meet their December deadline for stadium completion.

Judge Lorena Colnago has halted construction until an inspection is completed at the stadium because of the inherent risks to workers.

"(There is) a serious risk of workers being buried, run over and of collision, falling from heights and being hit by construction material, among other serious risks," Colnago said in a statement.

The stadium, owned by Brazil Serie A club Atl├ętico Paranaense, is set to host four matches at FIFA's showpiece event next year.

Construction was already behind schedule before it was ceased, despite plans for a retractable roof being abandoned to save time.

FIFA have warned that delays will not be tolerated.

The price of stadium refurbishment has also taken a lot of criticism from the Brazilian people as widespread protests marred the Confederations Cup in June.

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