UPDATED: Officials later confirmed that two people had been killed in the accident, not three as originally reported

Two people have been killed in Brazil after part of the stadium due to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup collapsed.

The tragedy occurred when a crane collapsed at the construction site of the stadium in Sao Paulo, causing a metal structure to buckle, according to local media.

It's thought that Wednesday's accident could delay the completion of the stadium until after December which was the deadline given by FIFA to have all 12 World Cup venues ready, Associated Press reported.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said that he was 'deeply saddened' by the tragedy.


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On its website, the stadium's owners, Sport Club Corinthians, said that at the end of October, the Itaquerao Stadium was 94% complete and on schedule for the December deadline. More than 1,500 construction workers are building the stadium.

Images taken at the scene show the huge metal structure that had fallen into and damaged one of the main stands.

Sport Club Corinthians released a statement after the incident: "The board of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista hereby deeply regret the accident earlier in Corinthians Arena. No other information at this time."

FIFA later issued a statement on its website, which said:

FIFA and the LOC have learned of the death of workers at the Corinthians Arena site in Sao Paulo with great sadness. We wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the workers who tragically died today.

The safety of workers is the top priority for FIFA, the LOC and the federal government.

We know the safety of all workers has always been paramount for all the construction companies contracted to build the 12 FIFA World Cup stadiums.

The Department of Labour and the local authorities will fully investigate the reasons behind such a tragic accident. Please understand that we are in no position to comment further at this stage, as we are awaiting further details from the authorities.

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  • People stand in front of a metal structure that buckled on part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

  • People stand in front of a metal structure that buckled on part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

  • People stand near a metal structure that buckled on part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

  • People stand near a metal structure that buckled on part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

  • A metal structure that buckled is seen atop a part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the Itaquerao stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

  • People stand near a metal structure that buckled on part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing at least two people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

  • People stand in front of a metal structure that buckled on part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

  • A man stands near a metal structure that buckled on part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing at least two people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

  • A metal structure that buckled is seen atop a part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the Itaquerao stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

  • People stand near a metal structure that buckled on part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing at least two people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

  • A metal structure that buckled sits on part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing at least two people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

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    View of damages at the Arena de Sao Paulo --Itaquerao do Corinthians-- stadium, still under construction, after a crane fell across part of the metallic structure, on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo. Two people died and another was injured following the accident on the stadium that will host the opening match of Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP PHOTO / Miguel SCHINCARIOL (Photo credit should read Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images)

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    View of damages at the Arena de Sao Paulo --Itaquerao do Corinthians-- stadium, still under construction, after a crane fell across part of the metallic structure, on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo. Two people died and another was injured following the accident on the stadium that will host the opening match of Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP PHOTO / Miguel SCHINCARIOL (Photo credit should read Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Crane Collapses At Itaquera World Cup Stadium In Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 27: A crane collapsed during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to reports, at least two workers were killed in the accident. The stadium is scheduled to host the opening ceremony of the World Cup in 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)

  • Crane Collapses At Itaquera World Cup Stadium In Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 27: A crane collapsed during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to reports, at least two workers were killed in the accident. The stadium is scheduled to host the opening ceremony of the World Cup in 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)

  • Crane Collapses At Itaquera World Cup Stadium In Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 27: A crane collapsed during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to reports, at least two workers were killed in the accident. The stadium is scheduled to host the opening ceremony of the World Cup in 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)

  • Crane Collapses At Itaquera World Cup Stadium In Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 27: A crane collapsed during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to reports, at least two workers were killed in the accident. The stadium is scheduled to host the opening ceremony of the World Cup in 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)

  • Crane Collapses At Itaquera World Cup Stadium In Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 27: A crane collapsed during construction, causing damage at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to reports, at least two workers were killed in the accident. The stadium is scheduled to host the opening ceremony of the World Cup in 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)

  • Crane Collapses At Itaquera World Cup Stadium In Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 27: A crane collapsed during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to reports, at least two workers were killed in the accident. The stadium is scheduled to host the opening ceremony of the World Cup in 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)

  • Crane Collapses At Itaquera World Cup Stadium In Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 27: Personnel survey the damage at the site of a crane collapse during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to reports, at least two workers were killed in the accident which caused major damage. The stadium is scheduled to host the opening ceremony of the World Cup in 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)

  • Crane Collapses At Itaquera World Cup Stadium In Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 27: Personnel survey the damage at the site of a crane collapse during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to reports, at least two workers were killed in the accident which caused major damage. The stadium is scheduled to host the opening ceremony of the World Cup in 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)

  • Crane Collapses At Itaquera World Cup Stadium In Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 27: A crane collapsed during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to reports, at least two workers were killed in the accident. The stadium is scheduled to host the opening ceremony of the World Cup in 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)

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