Organisers dismiss World Cup 'sinkhole' fears

14:01, Jun 23 2014
Gianluigi Buffon
ALL GOOD: World Cup officials have downplayed concerns Italy's clash with Uruguay on Wednesday won't go ahead because of 'sinkhole' fears.

Local organisers have dismissed concerns that last week's landslide in Natal might cause the postponement of Wednesday's World Cup Group D match between Italy and Uruguay.

Italian media reports said there were concerns that a ''sinkhole'' near the stadium might cause the match to be called off.

A landslide caused by heavy rain destroyed some 70 houses and made more than 150 people homeless last weekend.

The affected area was more than four kilometres from the Dunas arena and Reuters witnesses who were at the site last week and again over the weekend said little had changed.

Two World Cup matches have taken place at the Dunas arena since the landslide and local organisers said today that the Italy-Uruguay Group D fixture would go ahead.

''The match is confirmed,'' they said by e-mail.

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Reuters