News

High cost, corruption claims mar Brazil World Cup

High cost, corruption claims mar Brazil World Cup

WORLD CUP:In this June 17 file photo, protestors are reflected on the glass of a building, left, as they march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In a poll last year, more than three-fourths of Brazilians said they’re certain corruption has infused the World Cup. Their anger fueled widespread and often violent anti-government protests last June that sent more than 1 million Brazilians into the street during FIFA’s Confederations Cup soccer tournament, the warm-up event to the World Cup. Photo: Associated Press/Felipe Dana

BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The cost of building the soccer stadium in Brazil’s capital for next month’s World Cup has nearly tripled to $900 million in public funds, and government auditors allege that’s largely due to fraudulent billing.

It’s now the world’s second-most expensive soccer arena, and Brasilia doesn’t even have a major professional team. Critics call it the poster child for out-of-control spending and mismanagement, or worse.

An Associated Press analysis of data from Brazil’s top electoral court shows skyrocketing campaign contributions by companies involved in the most World Cup projects — findings that will add to deep suspicions among Brazilians that preparations for soccer’s premier event have been tainted by corruption.

Anger over perceived corruption already helped fuel huge protests last year, and there are fears more unrest could mar the Cup.

Latest Stories

in Sports

Hernandez lawyers trying to get evidence tossed

Fresh
hernandez

Lawyers for the ex-New England Patriot have continued their effort to have cellphone evidence thrown out.

in National, World

Scores possibly exposed to U.S. Ebola patient; 4 isolated

Fresh
texas

Up to 100 people may have had contact with the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly virus in the U.S.

in Music

Roger Waters not involved with new Pink Floyd album

Fresh
waters

The former frontman hopes to silence rumors, saying he had nothing to do with the band's upcoming album "The Endless River."