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Romario Wants More World Cup Protests

Former Brazil star turned politician, Romario, has called for more protests surrounding the 2014 World Cup.

The streets of Brazil were ablaze during the Confederations Cup earlier this year, as ordinary people and football lovers demanded real solutions to the country’s widening gap between the rich and the poor.

While tempers seem to have cooled for now, there is still major anger at the way billions of dollars have been spent on new football facilities and World Cup related infrastructure, at the expense of services the people need in their day-to-day existence, like public education and transport.

Romario, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, is now agitating against the rectitude of the competition next year.

And he says he would welcome further protests in the build-up to the competition, and elections in Brazil.

"I want people to see where their money is being spent and I am sure my message is getting across," he told Radio Globo.

"One of the big positives is that people have taken to the streets and I want them to keep protesting up until the elections next year, and I believe they will."

Once the face of the Selecao, it may seem odd that Romario is railing against the biggest party in modern football history.

He insists that he is “not against the World Cup” per se, but cannot abide by the corruption that has accompanied Fifa into Brazil.

"I am not against the World Cup but I can't be for the money that is being spent on it," he said.

"As much as we want the World Cup the Brazilian people deserve respect, they don't deserve this open abuse of their money."

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