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  • 15 December 2013, 8:10

World Cup: Worker Dies In 115ft Stadium Fall

A construction worker has died after falling from the Manaus stadium in Brazil which will host one of England's opening games.

Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, 22, died in hospital after fallingnearly 35 meters (115ft) when a cable broke.

The Brazilian firm building the Amazon stadium in Manaus said in a statement that MrFerreira worked for a company that had been contracted to build the arena's cover and an internal investigation of the incident would be conducted.

Preparations for the World Cup have also been plagued by delays, accidents and public anger over government waste that contributed to nationwide street protests last year.

Workers have already been killed at three of Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums includingManaus and Brasilia. Most recently in Sao Paulo two people died in November after a crane collapsed in the arena due to host the opening game in June 2014.

A construction workers union had apparently warned construction bosses about safety at the Sao Paulo stadium before the accident. :: Watch Sky News live on television, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel 82 and Freesat channel 202.