October 24, 2014
Natal firefighters warn Mexico-Cameroon Cup clash stadium lacks security clearance
Head of firefighters Christiano Couceiro denounced that FIIFA officials barred inspectors from entering the Arena das Dunas stadium in the World Cup city of Natal. An inspection on Thursday had already proved some safety problems, Couceiro told media.
“We showed up today at 9 am but we were informed that after the anti-bomb inspection carried out yesterday by the Federal Police no one could enter the stadium till the time of the game,” the Natal firefighters chief explained.
“We demanded more safety at some points. We saw that operators were working yesterday so we think they could have finished the job. Yesterday, 99 percent of the seats were placed. In general, we think that 95 percent of the stadium meets safety rules,” Couceiro added pointing out the Natal situation was “delicate.”
“It is a delicate situation, we can not let it pass,” he said. With FIFA officials stopping their access to the stadium and complete the inspection this morning, firefighters have not been able to release a security clearance for the Arena das Dunas wich, however, has already began to host the Mexico-Cameroon clash.
“The visit was canceled. We do not authorize the use of the Arena. So, in case of any fatality, the responsibility is FIFA’s,” Couceiro warned.
Meanwhile, the SECOPA office for World Cup affairs said the stadium is “in conditions” to host today’s game.
The Arena das Dunas is among the stadiums that have suffered more delays the most. In the beginning of this week, 11,000 new seats hadn’t yet been placed nor bolted to the structure of the stadium.