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Brazilian prosecutors make claims against FIFA over infrastructure costs

Brazilian prosecutors make claims against FIFA over infrastructure costs

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Brazilian prosecutors have announced they are suing FIFA for the reimbursement of public funds spent on temporary infrastructure in host stadia for the 2014 World Cup.

Brazilian prosecutors have announced they are suing FIFA for the reimbursement of public funds spent on temporary infrastructure in host stadia for the 2014 World Cup.

The Associated Press reports prosecutors’ offices in five states are claiming repayment of US$106 million. They claim that the money was spent on temporary structures in or near stadiums during this summer’s Confederations Cup and argue that as these projects don’t serve the public interest, the Brazilian taxpayers shouldn’t be required to pay for them.

However, FIFA said on Wednesday that paying for the “complementary structures” is the responsibility of the “owners of the stadium” and not FIFA.

The Confederations Cup, which traditionally acts as a test event for the World Cup, was staged in the cities of Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador from June 15-30.

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