Blatter: Mid-April finish for damaged WCup stadium

The Associated Press
In this photo released by Portal da Copa 2014, an aerial view of the Arena Corinthians stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 2013. The draw for the 2014 World Cup finals takes place Friday Dec. 6, 2013 near Salvador, Brazil. The 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups of four. The top two in each group will progress to the knockout stages. Twelve stadiums in twelve cities will host matches.(AP Photo/Portal da Copa 2014, Delfim Martins)

Blatter: Mid-April finish for damaged WCup stadium

In this photo released by Portal da Copa 2014, an aerial view of the Arena Corinthians stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 2013. The draw for the 2014 World Cup finals takes place Friday Dec. 6, 2013 near Salvador, Brazil. The 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups of four. The top two in each group will progress to the knockout stages. Twelve stadiums in twelve cities will host matches.(AP Photo/Portal da Copa 2014, Delfim Martins)

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) -- FIFA expects the World Cup stadium in Sao Paulo that was damaged in a fatal construction accident to be ready by mid-April, just two months before the start of the World Cup.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said ''April 14th or 15th'' is the new planned delivery date.

The Arena Corinthians stadium is due to host the June 12 opening match featuring host nation Brazil.

Blatter told a news conference that ''for the time being there is no plan B'' to find another stadium.

Two construction workers died last week when a crane crashed and damaged part of the stadium.

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