Vladimir Putin promises troubled World Cup stadium will be ready

Vladimir Putin discussed with Gianni Infantino and said that it's a very lamentable story, but the construction workers promise to fix everything by the end of 2016.

By: AP | Moscow | Published:November 25, 2016 7:47 pm
Vladimir Putin, Putin, Russia president Vladimir Putin, Gianni Infantino, Infantino, Football news, Football Vladimir Putin and Gianni Infantino were speaking a day ahead of the draw for next year’s Confederations Cup. (Source: AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised FIFA that a much-delayed stadium in St. Petersburg will be ready in time to host Confederations Cup and World Cup matches.

The 69,000-seat stadium in St. Petersburg has had repeated problems, including worker deaths, cost rises and technical issues. The field wobbles because of a poorly installed mechanism that allows it to slide in and out of the stadium.

At a meeting in the Kremlin, Putin told FIFA President Gianni Infantino  “it’s a very lamentable story,” but that “the construction workers promise to fix everything by the end of this year.”

They were speaking a day ahead of the draw for next year’s Confederations Cup. The final of that tournament is scheduled to be played in St. Petersburg.