Congressman and Soccer Star Romario Says Brazil’s Won’t Stage Best World Cup in History

Romario Brazil soccer star Romario, who is now a congressman, told reporters  FIFA must not be allowed to dictate changes to Brazilian law ahead of the World Cup in 2014. Romario said laws that guarantee half-price tickets to students and pensioners should not be swept away.

The Brazilian congress is currently debating a bill that would meet FIFA conditions for the tournament. Romario, 45, led Brazil’s attack when they won the World Cup in 1994.

The former star was speaking on a visit to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium, which is being refurbished for the tournament.

“If FIFA is not put in its rightful place it will soon have more power than our president,” he told journalists.

Romario said FIFA could bear the cost of maintaining discounted tickets for students and pensioners during the tournaments estimated at around 100 million dollars.

“FIFA could earn a little bit less so that the Brazilians can take part,” he said. FIFA says the money it makes from World Cup tournaments is reinvested in soccer.

Romario also expressed his feelings but more strongly on his Twitter account. “Brazil needs to stop this business of becoming a slave of FIFA” he tweeted.

“The sovereignty of the country must be respected”.

Romario also warned that infrastructure projects needed for the tournament, including airports and urban transport, were behind schedule.

“Brazil is certainly not going to stage the best World Cup in history as some have said,” he warned. “It is not going to be a World Cup for the Brazilian people”.

Last month the head of FIFA, Sepp Blatter wrote to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to express concern over delays in the construction of stadiums and infrastructure for the World Cup.

FIFA has also been pressing for the rapid approval of the World Cup law, which also covers the protection of trademarks, television rights and the sale of alcohol in stadiums.

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  • Jojo

    Look at all the poverty, it’s pathetic. When I went there I was shocked by how much misery I saw there. It made me sick.
    How on earth is this backward country ever going to stage an Olympics.
    Governments should give travel warnings to their citizens not to go there.
    Stay home and watch it on TV.

  • Jojo

    Brazil should spend the money on its poor not stupid round ball games and Olympics it can’t hold.

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Last month the head of FIFA, Sepp Blatter wrote to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to express concern over delays in the construction of stadiums and infrastructure for the World Cup.[/quote]

    This “Sepp Blatter” is a Swiss and trying to dictate terms with our President. If he doesn’t stop harassing her, I intend writing a personal e-mail to our Geneve based agent (and a close friend of ours) ch.c who would certainly know how to handle this guy.

    Sepp sounds to be another Swiss-Zero. :-);-):D;-)

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