Inside Story

World Cup: Brazil and the FIFA scandals

The 2014 tournament is being overshadowed by protests and corruption scandals.

Last updated: 13 Jun 2014 18:57
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Thousands of anti-World Cup Brazilians took to the streets in a number of cities to protest against the cost to host the games. The protesters said that money could have been spent on schools and hospitals.
To prevent any distruption of the games, the Brazilian authorities mobilised thousands of policemen to keep protesters away from stadiums. Brazil was under further pressure as it failed to complete some infrastructure projects in the run up to the World Cup.
There is anger against the FIFA as well. The world's football governing body came under harsh criticism over a series of corruption cases. The decision by its president Sepp Blatter to run for another term only made matters worse. He stands accused by many, some within the FIFA itself, of not doing enough to prevent the scandals.
On Inside Story we discuss the controversy surrounding the World Cup in Brazil and corruption allegations inside FIFA
Presenter: Mike Hanna
Mauricio Savarese: Correspondent for football magazine FourFourTwo
Paulo Sotero: Director of the Brazil Institute at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Jonty Mark: Football journalist


Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Thousands of Houthi supporters have called for the fall of Yemen's government. But what do the Houthis really want?
New ration reductions and movement restrictions have refugees from Myanmar anxious about their future in Thailand.
US lawyers say poor translations of election materials disenfranchise Native voters.
US drones in Pakistan have killed thousands since 2004. How have leaders defended or decried these deadly planes?
Residents count the cost of violence after black American teenager shot dead by white Missouri police officer.
join our mailing list