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FIFA responds to Brazilian protests with $100 million social fund

Jun 28, 2013, 5:13 PM EST

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In what is absolutely the biggest win for protestors yet in Brazil, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has pledged to give at least $100 million in World Cup profits back to the host country as part of a social fund.

The idea is not a new one – FIFA did the same for South Africa following the 2010 World Cup.

However, Blatter said the amount of the fund will match or possibly exceed that number this time around, saying, “an amount like that or even higher will be possible to have here.”

The announcement comes on the heels of massive protests all across Brazil during the Confederations Cup, with some demonstrations turning violent.  The demonstrators begged for the billions of dollars spent to bring the World Cup to their country to instead be used for much-needed social improvements in the education and health sectors.

Earlier this week, the Brazilian government caved to demands of the protestors by beginning to vote on a series of new laws aimed at improving social policies.  The votes come just after Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff called the lawmakers to action and supported the protests but condemned violence among the demonstrations.

  1. discoverbrazilofficial - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Is this a joke? Fifa is making some Billion Dollars at the expenses of Brazilian taxpayers. Actually, this World Cup will cost 28 Billion, more than the last two WC together, using public money from Brazilian citizens and Blatter say 100 Million are enough for the host country? We don’t need your 100 Million, “Genius”. This will cost us some dozen Billions.

    • hughtjohnson - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Could not agree more………do they (Blatter) think the Brazilian people are lacking intelligence……. he is an idiot too the highest order…… he should stand down he’s just again insulted the Brazilian people …..100,000,000-00 my ass….. he’s a f… head…….a new order should be created in world football to help the less fortunate in all of the poorer country’s…….WAKE-UP FIFA IT’S’ “POORING” OUTSIDE IN THE REAL WORLD. ……A report last week in Brazilian new’s while I was down there said it would cost 15 Billion, it will end up costing the Brazilian tax payer over 25 billion…..you watch.
      Love the country love the people…….Viva Brasil …..the time is now.

  2. agogo22 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Reblogged this on msamba.

  3. mvktr2 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    how quaint

  4. proceednet - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Band-aid.

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