World Cup Controversy
World Cup Controversy14-15 Ethics Bowl Case #10
BrasiliaSao Paulo#1Rio de Janeiro#22014 World Cup Facts64 matches played in 12 cities across Brazil in new or refurbished stadiums2nd time Brazil played host, having done so in 1950Estimated cost: greater than $11 billionThe most expensive World Cup since the competition began 84 years agoTicket prices range from $10 to $50,0001.6 million tickets sold by April 1155,000 to U.S. buyers2nd largest group behind locals2016 Olympics in Rio
2014 World Cup ProblemsCharges of corruption and accusations of over spendingMany stadiums poorly builtComplaints about money being spent on 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics instead of health, education, and infrastructure$900 million spent on Estadio Nacional arena in Brasiliatriple the original estimate2nd most expensive soccer stadium in the worldNo local team there to use the stadium after the games are overLocal residents say many promised development projects have been delayed or never materialized
ProtestsProtests started in June 2013 over rising bus farePoliced poorly, with officers accused of firing rubber bullets and tear gas at peaceful protestersMainly peacefulSmall groups have:Thrown rocks at police, wounding 5 officersSet fire to a car and vandalized a state assembly buildingSet fire to garbage cans and shopsBooed by most participants, who called for peaceful protest
ProtestsBrasilia: people breached security at the National Congress building and scaled its roof (2013)Rio: 200 marched before Brazils match against Cameroon in protest of the tournament and police violence in favelas; 50 demonstrators set fire to a paper replica of the World Cup trophy and the Brazilian flagSao Paulo: few hundred demonstrators marched peacefullyContinued during the World Cup, but shrunk in size due to loss of popular support as country became more engrossed in tournament
For many years, the government has been feeding corruption. People are demonstrating against the system.
We dont have good schools for our kids. Our hospitals are in awful shape. Corruption is rife. These protests will make history and wake our politicians up to the fact that were not taking it anymore.
We need better education, hospitals and security, not billions spent on the World Cup.
Were a rich country with a lot of money, but the money doesnt go to those who need it most.
The party in the stadiums is not worth tears in the favelas.
We want health, education, and who gives a *** if Brazil are champions. (Banner)
ProtestsBystanders watch protests and sympathize with protestors:Its peaceful and doesnt spoil the party at all. I think FIFA should give back more because it benefits so much. biologist from San DiegoThe money is going to FIFA and not to this country. retired teacher from BritainProtestsHeavy police presence ensured protests dont get too close to visiting fans or disrupt transportationThousands of extra police and soldiers deployed to ensure matches get underway smootlyMost fizzled out with no arrestsSports Minister Aldo Rebelo warned: The government assumed the responsibility and the honor to stage these two international events, and will do so, ensuring the security and integrity of the fans and tourists.United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, warned: We urge the Brazilian authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with spreading social problems in the country, and also call on demonstrators not to resort to acts of violence in support of their demands.Response to CriticismsBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff:The pessimists have been defeated by the determination of the Brazilian people.Defended the $11 billion expenditureCalling it a false dilemma that World Cup spending diminished investments in health and educationBudget for these areas from 2010-2013 was many times greater than the investment in stadiumsWorld Cup accounts are being meticulously scrutinized by the countrys auditing institutionsRejected criticism of overspendingTournament will leave a lasting legacy of infrastructure
favelan. Brazilian shack or shanty town; slumPolitically correct: communityConsist of settlements within a city, usually located on hills or risk areas, and are home to a poor or marginalized populationCharacterized by unstable housing, little or no public security, lack of basic social services, and a predominance of informal commerce and illegal transactions, dominated by armed criminal gangs11.4 million people in Brazil living in favelasMore than the entire population of PortugalWould be the 9th most populated city in BrazilPacifying Police Units (UPPs) transformed favelasPro: Improved conditions and economy, Murder and violent crime downCon: Reports of police abusePacified Rio CupEduardo Paes, Mayor Aims to be more than just another one-time eventCalls upon the private sector to take part in the social transformation of favelas by providing construction or renovation of local soccer fields, which will stay in the community long after the cup is overWill recruit residents to collaborate with the renovations, thus generating temporary work operations for localsIt is a win-win situation for both the companies and the people living in the communities. People in the favelas will not only enjoy great soccer matches with the presence of their idols but also have great soccer matches. Long after the Pacified Rio Cup is over, it will leave legacies for the communities such as the renovation of playing fields and the opening of soccer schools in the favelas. Private companies will be the main responsible for this revolution.
2022 World Cup ControversyQatar's Controversial World Cup BidQuestions to ConsiderWas it ethical for the Brazilian government to host the World Cup, when some of the public funds it used could potentially have been spent on improving the nations education and health care systems? If not, does this mean that only nations with top-notch social services should have the privilege of hosting large international events?Questions to Consider2. Is it morally permissible for the affluent to spend huge sums of money on traveling and attending an event such as the World Cup when others are living in extreme poverty?
3. What obligations, if any, do the wealthy have to those who are not as fortunate?