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Brazil v England international gets green light

England's friendly with Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday is due to go ahead despite safety concerns at the recently renovated Maracana stadium.

A court order on Thursday suspended the game but a duty judge later revoked the suspension, a Rio de Janeiro state government statement said.

More worringly for Fifa is the fact that England's visit is scheduled to be the first major international test of the facility, with the Confederations Cup beginning two weeks later.

The eight-nation warm-up event for the 2014 World Cup is held every four years in the host country of the following summer's World Cup.

More than 620,000 tickets have been sold for the Confederations Cup games in six different Brazilian cities, with Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Uruguay, Tahiti and Nigeria competing.

It had previously failed to deliver the report owing to a "bureaucratic flaw".

"All safety requirements for the friendly between Brazil and England have been complied with and, because of a bureaucratic failure, the appraisal from the public ministry that proves the compliance with the rules on safety at the Maracana have not been sent to Suderj," the Rio government said in a statement.

Suderj is a division of the Rio de Janeiro state authority which is responsible for administrative issues associated with major sports venues.

The iconic 77,000-seat Maracana reopened in April after nearly three years of work updating it for the 2014 World Cup finals.

Even though the work was completed four months behind schedule, local newspapers still reported problems with the venue. But, there would have been huge pressure to overturn the suspension because of the embarrassment to the Brazilian authorities.

Roy Hodgson's squad have already arrived in Brazil ahead of what is scheduled to be England's first game at the Maracana since 1984.

The state government said it had presented a report showing the stadium complied with safety guidelines.

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