Saturday June 14 2014
Rivelino: 'Manaus an absurd venue'

Brazil legend Rivelino warns Italy and England “it’s absurd to play in Manaus. You start sweating the moment you leave the locker room.”

Their World Cup campaign kicks off tonight at 23.00 UK time (22.00 GMT) at the Arena Amazonia, but from the start this has been a controversial venue.

“It’s absurd to play a World Cup game in Manaus,” slammed 1970 winner Rivelino.

“It is far too hot and with such a high humidity level that you start sweating the moment you leave the locker room.

“In my days we certainly didn’t have the modern kit material you do now, but even so it’s going to be tough for all the teams playing here.”

This evening the weather forecast for Manaus is rain with 89 per cent humidity and temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius.

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