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Worker hurt outside World Cup venue in Brazil

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- A worker was injured in an accident outside the World Cup stadium in the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus, local organizers said Friday, in the latest incident tarnishing the country's image as it tries to get ready for soccer's showcase event in June.

Organizers in charge of the stadium's construction said the worker was hurt while dismantling a crane that was used to install the roof of the Arena da Amazonia.

Eric Gamboa, a spokesman for the local government department organizing the World Cup in Manaus, said the worker's condition was not immediately known and his name was not being released. He said the man was working for Portuguese company Martifer, a multinational focused in metal constructions.

Citing local authorities, Brazilian media said the worker was a 55-year-old man from Portugal. Globo TV and other local media said the worker sustained a head injury when he was hit by a metal bar, and that his condition was considered serious.

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