Contractors responsible for redevelopment work at Brazil’s Maracanã Stadium have been found guilty of inflating contract terms for their own financial gain.

The 79,000-capacity stadium will stage football matches at the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies at the multi-sport showpiece.

Construction work had been required in order for the stadium to adhere to the guidelines set by Fifa, football’s global governing body, ahead of the 2014 World Cup. The Odebrecht, Andrade Gutierrez and Delta Construes construction firms were tasked with carrying out the redevelopment.

However, Rio de Janeiro’s state auditing court, TCE, yesterday (Wednesday) ruled that the three firms had bumped up the terms of their contracts by more than 17 per cent. The court therefore ruled that Rio’s state government could halt payments of up to $60m (€54.2m) owed to the firms.

The audit found that the firms had charged the government twice for expenditures such as employee meals.

The 2016 Games will take place from August 5-21.