This is not the first negative story concerning the preparations for football's showpiece event which is due to be held on African soil for the first time in history.
The stadium in Port Elizabeth was one of five venues to stage matches at next June's Confederations Cup, which will feature the world champions Italy, the six continental champions and the hosts South Africa. But it's been withdrawn because of what has been described as serious constraints for the southern coastal city to meet the deadline.
However a senior FIFA official said the stadium will be completed in time for the World Cup twelve months later. And the chief executive officer of the tournament, Danny Jordaan, has insisted that everything will be ready for 2010, although rising prices around the world are affecting the budget.
This latest development follows earlier fears over construction delays, the possibility of power cuts and security in light of South Africa's high crime rate. Last month the President of football's World Governing body, Sepp Blatter, was quoted as saying there was a plan B for the World Cup, but only in the case of a natural disaster.
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