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SBD Global/October 18, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Brazilian Footballer Turned Politician Romario Critical Of Spending For 2014 World Cup
Published October 18, 2013
ROMARIO'S NEW CHALLENGE: The EFE reported Romario reiterated his criticism of FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke and the elevated costs of hosting the 2014 World Cup, and also "announced his intention to run for mayor of Rio de Janeiro." Romario: "I have an obligation to show Brazil the real situation with public spending for the World Cup, which is absurd and grows more ridiculous every day." Romario added, "What they say about the spending for the World Cup is a lie. I have to show Brazil the truth. This is one of the biggest robberies in the country's history and we are going to have problems later." Romario called Valcke, "one of his main targets, a blackmailer." Instead of considering "running to become president of the CBF, which Romario said would demand too much time," he is considering running for mayor of Rio de Janeiro in '16. Romario said, "My idea is to be mayor. Next year I have a chance to be re-elected as a deputy and, depending on the situation, I could aspire to the Senate" (EFE, 10/17).