Brazil sues FIFA over infrastructure costs

24 October 2013

Brazilian prosecutors are reportedly suing FIFA for the reimbursement of public funds spent on temporary infrastructure in host stadia for the 2014 World Cup.

Prosecutors’ offices in five states are claiming repayment of $106 million, according to Associated Press. They claim that the money was spent on temporary structures in or near stadiums during Brazil’s hosting of this summer’s Confederations Cup and argue that, as these projects don’t serve the public interest, taxpayers shouldn’t be required to pay for them.

However, FIFA yesterday stated that paying for the “complementary structures” is the responsibility of the “owners of the stadium” and not world football’s governing body.

The Confederations Cup, which traditionally acts as a test event for the World Cup, was staged in the cities of Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador from June 15-30.