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Russian officials downplay concerns over World Cup stadium in St.Petersburg

Concerns have been raised over the mobile pitch at the St. Petersburg stadium one of the venues to host 2018 World Cup matches.

After an inspection visit by FIFA officials revealed the newly installed removable pitch was experiencing stabilization issues, however, Russian officials were quick to downplay any concerns.

The construction of the 68,000 seat stadium in St. Petersburg also known as Zenit Arena, one of the twelve 2018 World Cup venues experienced problems since its beginning in 2007.

Russian agency Tass reported that the cost for work has grown six-fold than the proposed 100 million euros.

Despite confirming that some adjustments to the mobile pitch mechanism will have to take place to meet FIFA requirements the Deputy prime minister said the construction of the stadium will be finished on time.

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Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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