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  • 18 February 2014, 21:50

Curitiba Stadium Stays On World Cup Fixture List

One of Brazil's delayed World Cup stadiums will not be removed from the fixture list by Fifa, it has been announced.

Nations playing at Curitiba's stadium - scheduled to stage four matches - include Russia and defending champions Spain.

Jerome Valcke, secretary-general at the sport's global governing body, wrote on Twitter that it had made enough progress to warrant being retained as a venue.

Fans who have already paid out for travel and accommodation could have found themselves out of pocket if the Arena da Baixada was axed.

In January Mr Valcke demanded major progress on building works.

Brazil's World Cup build up has been beset by construction delays and the deaths of six stadium workers in Manaus, Sao Paulo and Brasilia.

The stadium is said to be more than 90% complete, but despite more positive comments by Fifa in recent weeks, Mr Valcke had dismissed "speculation" and said the stadium's fate was far from settled.

Brazilian media reported Porto Alegre, some 400 miles away, was on standby if the stadium did not make the grade.

The big decision came as the coaches of the 32 teams gathered in the southern city of Florianapolis for a seminar to discuss logistics and assess facilities.

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