Brazil government gives fans permission to start work late so they can watch their side compete at the World Cup

The Brazilian government has officially altered the working hours of state employees during the 2018 tournament.

It means that workers can clock off until 2pm local time in Brazil when Tite’s squad play matches that kick off in the morning in Rio, Sao Paulo or across the country.

And when Brazil’s games take place in the afternoon, employees have got the green light to put down their pens and tools by 1pm.

Brazil’s opener against Switzerland in Rostov is on Sunday June 17, so the 3pm (Rio time) start will only affect a handful of workers.

But it means a late start to the working day on June 22, when Brazil face Costa Rica in St Petersburg and an early cut for state workers on June 27, with the final Group match against Serbia in Moscow starting at 3pm in South America.

Meanwhile Brazil international Fred will complete his move to Manchester United.

The ex-Shakhtar Donetsk man will get to show Red Devil supporters what they can expect in Russia after penning a five-year deal.

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Fred, 25, is believed to have cost in the region of £52million.

Brazilian sources confirmed last night that the midfielder was granted permission to leave the international camp after the clash with Croatia to undergo the medical.

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