A court on Thursday overruled a Brazilian judge’s order canceling Sunday’s friendly game between Brazil and England in Rio’s Maracana stadium, saying safety concerns at the recently renovated facility were unfounded.
Court sources say the Rio judge who earlier cancelled the match had acted on a request from state prosecutors. They had said that there was no evidence Maracana met “the minimum necessary conditions to host games or events”.
But the authorities in Rio appealed that ruling before a duty judge. They argued that because of a “bureaucratic mistake” the safety report had not been delivered to the relevant official. The judge duly overturned the earlier ruling, clearing the way for the game to go ahead.
An estimated 74,000 people are expected to watch Sunday’s game, the second test for the stadium inaugurated on April 27 after a multi-million-dollar 30-month renovation.
The friendly is to serve as preparation for the Brazilian national squad ahead of the Confederations Cup from June 15 to 30. The Maracana stadium will host four Confederations Cup matches as well as seven World Cup games next year.