Unexploded bomb discovered near new Russia 2018 World Cup stadium in Moscow

Monday, 26 November 2012
By Duncan Mackay

Spartak Stadium under constructionNovember 26 - A unexploded World War Two bomb has been discovered on the site of a new stadium being built in Moscow for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

Bomb squad officers were called to the scene by workers after they discovered the device less than 300 metres from the Spartak Stadium's south stand. 

"A device similar to an aerial bomb has been found," a statement on the Stadium's official website said.

"Stadium employees are awaiting the arrival of specialists in defusing aerial bombs.

"A police cordon is around the bomb."

Work on the stadium had not been interrupted, the statement said.

Moscow was bombed by Germay's Luftwaffe during the Second World War in 1941 and 1942.

Last month, a construction worker at the site died in a fall.

The arena, which will have a capacity of 43,000, in northwest Moscow is scheduled to be completed next year, and has been proposed as a venue for the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Contact the writer of this story at duncan.mackay@insidethegames.biz
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