The World Cup in Russia seemingly went off without a hitch — bar the odd VAR call that left fans from some countries scratching their heads — but maybe not everything was as sound as it appeared on the surface.
The area surrounding a stadium used in football’s showpiece event has been damaged by heavy rain that has washed away paths and embankments, leaving large craters, while crumbling walkways near another arena has also been blamed on poor workmanship.
Volgograd Arena copped the brunt of the treacherous weather conditions, leaving the site far from the appealing destination it was during the month-long tournament that ended in France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the final on Monday morning (AEST).
Built on the banks of the Volga River, the stadium held four World Cup games and cost a reported $370 million to build.
But some of that money looked like it had been thrown down the drain — literally — after the rain hit Russia.
According to reports, the power was cut off at Volgograd Stadium after water pipes and sewerage systems broke.
Despite these setbacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country can be “proud” of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success “in every respect” after Sunday’s final.
“We can surely be proud of how we organised this tournament,” Putin said in televised comments after France’s victory against Croatia. “We have made this grand event a success in every respect.
“We have done it for our supporters, for Russians who are passionate about sport and for all those who love sport across the world.”
“People tried to scare us by saying the English would come and commit hooliganism … But everyone behaved in a most exemplary manner.”
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