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World Cup host city fires contractor for major stadium

The Russian city of St. Petersburg says it has fired the general contractor building the stadium which is to host World Cup matches in 2018.

The stadium, provisionally called Zenit Arena, has taken almost a decade to build, prompting Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to publicly call it “disgraceful.” The stadium, which is to host a semifinal match, is set to cost more than $620 million.

St. Petersburg City Hall says it is firing the general contractor over the repeated delays and cost overruns. City Hall says it has gone to the police because it has allocated $39 million for the construction which has been unaccounted for.

The stadium was to be completed this year and used for the 2017 Confederations Cup.

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