FIFA fights back, publishes list of FAQs
If you ask many Brazilians, they'll tell you they love Football, but they're not big fans of FIFA.
Many blame the organization for the problems of overspending and alleged corruption surrounding the event.
Mired in various scandals, FIFA is on the defensive here so they've put out some FAQs to try and clear the air around their involvement.
You can read the full document on the FIFA website or just check out some of the claims FIFA says it wants to clear up:
Claim: The World Cup in Brazil has cost taxpayers $15 billion (U.S) and FIFA hasn't spent anything.
- FIFA says they're paying for all of the operations, about $2 billion (U.S.), and the organization is only using money from sale of TV and marketing rights. If more has been spent, FIFA says it's because of projects not directly related to cost of the World Cup or even for the tournament.
Claim: The money spent on stadiums should have been spent on education and healthcare.
- FIFA doesn't need to say much here. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has spent a lot of time defending this claim. In a televised address Monday night, she said the amount spent on education and healthcare was 212 times larger than what was spent on stadiums.
Speaking of stadiums...
Claim: FIFA ordered Brazil to build 12 expensive stadiums.
- FIFA says the host country decides whether to use eight, 10 or 12 stadiums. Though it does say it has guidelines on how the stadiums are designed.
Claim: Most Brazilians can't afford World Cup tickets.
- FIFA says when compared with the Olympics, Formula 1, concerts, and other big events, there are lots of cheap tickets. FIFA says tickets were available to Brazilians for as little as $15. FIFA also says it gave 100,000 tickets away to workers building the stadiums and the poor.
When you read between the lines, it sounds like FIFA is saying that a lot of the problems are the fault of the Brazilian government, not theirs.
Given the number of scandals plaguing soccer's governing body and the resentment many Brazilians feel towards the organization, it's going to take more than a list of FAQs to change their minds.
Perhaps they're hoping a win by Brazil will mean all is forgiven.