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Ex-player Romario calls for World Cup financial inquest

Romario played times for Brazil 70 times
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Former Brazil striker Romario has called for a full enquiry into alleged corruption and bribery surrounding his country's hosting of the 2014 World Cup.

Romario, a 1994 winner, has forged a new career in politics and has been a staunch critic of what he deems misappropriated funds in the past few years. He told the Times of India: "When it was announced that the 2014 edition would be hosted by Brazil, I celebrated alot."

"I had pointed out two things: Brazil has the conditions not only to host the World Cup, but also to organise the greatest one. I remain attached to the first idea, but soon after we got the hosting rights, I gave up the second one due to the different issues."

"Things didn't happen the way they should have. We've had problems, alot not seen by the public or international media and the tournament isn't going to be the best of all time. I don't want to make things bad but we need a psot-tournament inquest."

The build up to the World Cup had been beset by public protests at the harsh working conditions under which some felt they were forced to work.


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