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Brazil stalwart Romario calls World Cup organisation a "shame"

Romario and Bebeto steered Brazil to victory in USA in1994
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Brazilian legend and 1994 World Cup winner Romario quickly denounced the organisation of this summer's tournament in his homeland after appearing at a Carnival event in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend. "Shorty', as he is affectionately known by his adoring fans, is worried that the lack of a legacy to Brazilian people has harmed the build up to this year's showpiece event.

"Off the field the World Cup is disatrous, it's a shame."

The build up to the tournament has been beset by internal problems; public rioting last year over a rise in public transport fares; stadium setbacks including the tragic deaths of several construction workers; and a perceived wasting of public money on World Cup costs have all rattled Brazilan communities.

Ex-striker Romario has been one of the main voices of criticism surrounding these topics and has been seen as a voice of the people. 


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