World Cup delays in hands of the Gods

THE STADIUM due to host the opening match of next summer’s World Cup will not be ready until mid-April at best, world football chief Sepp Blatter has admitted. The Fifa president said he was praying there would be no further delays to the Arena Conrinthians in Sao Paulo, which was damaged last week in a construction accident that killed two people. “We believe it’s a question of trust,” he said. “There is no Plan B. We can now ask God, Allah, or whoever that no more accidents will arise in connection with the World Cup. It’s the only thing we can do.” England will discover their group stage opponents for the tournament when the draw is made this afternoon at around 4pm British time. The worst outcome would see them paired with Brazil, Holland and USA.