The Local Organizing Committee for World Cup 2014 has defended the way money is being spent in Brazil in order to make the tournament a success.
The Confederations Cup in June was marred by clashes between civilian protestors and police, as local citizens demonstrated their anger at the way investment in the two tournaments was seemingly given priority over spending on public services.
However, Ricardo Trade, CEO of the LOC for next summer's showpiece, insists public spending is a government issue and that the World Cup itself is proving to be economically efficient.
“We are doing this work for the mobility of the city, not for the World Cup. There is no such thing. The World Cup is simply the catalyst for this to be happening,” he told Arena SporTV. “This is a government issue. The investment that has been made on urban mobility, airport refurbishing, that’s a decision made by the government, not [the Local Organizing Committee].
“It doesn’t have anything to do with the World Cup, which has been a catalyzing factor for this all happening so fast.
“Some studies have shown that Brazil’s stadium cost per square meter is among the lower ones [compared to the last World Cups]. That’s what we should consider, and not the total value.
“FIFA praised the quality of our Brazilian constructors who are working on our stadiums. The tidiness of the work grounds, the treatment given to the employees, among other factors, have been stated during our visits to the stadiums.
“To say that the protests took place only because of the Confederations Cup, it wouldn’t be true. Just look at what happened yesterday night [a protest against Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral on Thursday], they just keep happening over and over.
“The government, along with the state and city police forces, assured that we could complete our work [during the Confederations Cup] on the stadiums, and that was accomplished.
“Manifestations are a healthy, democratic part of our society, and we do have to try and improve things in our country. But that isn’t our role [LOC and FIFA's].”