Friday, 31 May 2013


ABOVE: Brazil-England is on
31st May 2013

By Jack Wilson

ENGLAND'S friendly with Brazil on Sunday is ON.

A judge has today overruled the previous court order that had suspended the match on safety issues.

The Rio de Janeiro state government released a statement confirming the new ruling just hours after judge Adriana Costa dos Santos issued an order saying the match at Rio de Janeiro's renovated Maracana stadium couldn't go ahead.

The latest statement read: "The match between Brazil and England is confirmed on June 2 with all the safety conditions assured."

The chaos of the on-again, off-again match raises more doubt over Brazil's readiness to hold the Confederation Cup, which opens in two weeks, and next year's World Cup.

The country will also host the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The England squad arrived in Rio on Thursday but initially had their plans for the clash thrown up in the air.