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Brazil: Congress to Investigate World Cup Spending
ESPN FC, July 18th, 2013 3:23PM

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Brazil’s Congress will investigate the amount that the government is spending on the 2014 World Cup following the protests that rocked the recent Confederations Cup. The protestors, who gathered in several cities around the country, have argued that the money would have been better spent on education, healthcare and infrastructure.

The government projected that $13.3 billion will be spent on stadiums, airport renovations and other projects for the World Cup and 2016 Olympics, with an estimated $3.5 billion in revenues.

Meanwhile, FIFA President Sepp Blatter told German press agency DPA that if the incidents that marred the Confederations Cup happen again, "We have to question whether we made the wrong decision awarding the hosting rights. We didn't do a political debriefing, but we did emphasize the fact of this social unrest being there for the entire duration of the Confederations Cup. The government is now aware that next year the World Cup shouldn't be disturbed.”

He added: "To me, these protests were like alarm bells for the government, the senate, the parliament. They should work on it so that this is not going to happen again. Though protests, if peaceful, are part of democracy and therefore have to be accepted ... we are convinced the government, and especially the president, will find the words and the actions to prevent a repeat. They have a year to do so."

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