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At Least Two People Reportedly Killed In Crane Collapse At World Cup Stadium
Published November 28, 2013
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The BBC reported the arena "was due to be completed at the end of December" to meet a FIFA deadline. Corinthians, the club that will move into the new stadium, said in a short statement that it "deeply regrets the accident." FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he was "deeply saddened by the tragic deaths." FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said, "Extremely shocked by the news from Sao Paulo. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this accident" (BBC, 11/27). Hours after the incident, FIFA issued a statement that read: "We wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the workers who tragically died today. The safety of workers is the top priority for FIFA, the LOC [Local Organising Committee] and the federal government. We know the safety of all workers has always been paramount for all the construction companies contracted to build the 12 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Please understand that we are in no position to comment further at this stage, as we are awaiting further details from the authorities" (FIFA).
ANOTHER SETBACK: In London, James Hider reported the accident is "the latest blow to Brazil’s plans for the tournament, which is due to start in just seven months." The preparations "have been plagued by delays, cost over-runs, and big public demonstrations against social inequality." Some construction sites, such as a new terminal at São Paulo’s international airport, "are being built around the clock seven days a week to try to finish them before the tournament begins" (LONDON TIMES, 11/27).