UEFA President Causes Stir Before World Cup
UEFA President Michel Platini wants the Brazilians to stop protesting and start enjoying the FIFA World Cup.
Thirty eight days before the beginning of the World Cup, some questions remain unanswered about the security surrounding one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Platini set the cats after the pigeons by declaring that “we must tell the Brazilians that they have the World Cup and they are there to show the beauty of their country and their passion for football. If they can wait at least a month before making social outbursts, it would be good for Brazil and for the football world.”
He added: “Brazilians should pay tribute to this beautiful World Cup which was given to them to make them happy. They should get in the mood for receiving tourists from all over the world.”
His words are akin to Marie Antoinette’s saying “let them eat cake” when she learned the French peasants had no bread.
Platini is renowned for his inconsiderate statements about societal issues. His reputation and influence on soccer has surprisingly not dwindled since then.
The French and international media generally supports his ideas to shape the future of professional soccer. However, Platini’s scorn for the Brazilians surprised many people who held a high respect for this man defending soccer financial fair play regulations.
In recent months, thousands of Brazilians have protested against the World Cup. They raised awareness to many issues surrounding Brazil 2014.
From the $7 billion cost to host the World Cup, the lack of transparency from officials, and unsafe working conditions at building sites.
The Brazilian authorities have already taken a series of steps to mitigate protests by banning people from wearing masks while protesting and “promoting tumult within 5 km of a sporting event.”
Last June’s protests against state spending priorities, inflation, and corruption resulted in the reduction of public transportation prices, the drafting of a law criminalizing all forms of corruption and embezzlement, and a minimum wage raise by 7%. However, social unrest didn’t stop.
Homeless people in Sao Paolo confronted police forces following the postponement of discussions about affordable housing constructions for the impoverished.
According to Brazilian NGO Ancop, roughly 250,000 Brazilians were forced out of their homes to prepare the World Cup without receiving a decent compensation nor a rehousing proposition.
In the meantime, hospitals are overcrowded in a country where the emergency departments of the eight main public hospitals are considered to be like war camps. Many of the poor either die or “disappear”.
Brazil is the hostage of the war in which militia, police forces, and traffickers fight for the territory’s control. The Brazilian media recently published details of the assassinations of dancer Douglas Rafael and Claudia Silvia, both attributed to the police forces.