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3 stadiums to miss FIFA Dec. 31 deadline for Brazil World Cup because of construction delays

  • Construction workers return to the Arena Corinthians stadium that will host the opening match of the World Cup, five days after an accident killed two workers, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Construction company Odebrecht had suspended work on the site after a crane collapsed on Wednesday, Nov. 27, as it was hoisting a 500-ton piece of roofing. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Construction workers return to the Arena Corinthians stadium that will host the opening match of the World Cup, five days after an accident killed two workers, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Construction company Odebrecht had suspended work on the site after a crane collapsed on Wednesday, Nov. 27, as it was hoisting a 500-ton piece of roofing. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Corinthians president Andres Sanchez walks past the damage caused by the collapse at the Corinthians Arena stadium that will host the opening match of the World Cup, five days after an accident killed two workers, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Construction company Odebrecht had suspended work on the site after a crane collapsed on Wednesday, Nov. 27, as it was hoisting a 500-ton piece of roofing. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Former Corinthians president Andres Sanchez walks past the damage caused by the collapse at the Corinthians Arena stadium that will host the opening match of the World Cup, five days after an accident killed two workers, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Construction company Odebrecht had suspended work on the site after a crane collapsed on Wednesday, Nov. 27, as it was hoisting a 500-ton piece of roofing. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

Three World Cup stadiums in Brazil will not be completed in time for FIFA's end of December deadline.

Soccer's governing body says the stadiums in Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Cuiaba will not be ready because of construction delays.

The stadiums in Curitiba and Cuiaba are expected to be ready in February, four months before the World Cup.

FIFA says it doesn't know a timeline for completion of the venue in Sao Paulo, where a crane collapse last week killed two workers and damaged part of the stadium.

FIFA has said it would not tolerate the same delays that plagued the Confederations Cup this year, when only two venues were completed by the original deadline.