Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 29th 2013 Contents SAO PAULO---Brazil s sports min-
ister is not expecting waves of
protests during the World Cup next
year, saying the Brazilian people will
be more interested in celebrating the
tournament than complaining about
Aldo Rebelo said yesterday he does-
n't think Brazil will face anti-gov-
ernment protests similar to those that
took place during the Confederations
Cup this year, when demonstrators
used the World Cup warm-up event
to attract attention to a wide range
of causes. Among their complaints
was the amount of money spent on
the World Cup while millions of poor
Brazilians continue to struggle.
"I don't believe we will see demon-
strations during the World Cup,"
Rebelo said. "I think the World Cup
will be protected by the will of the
people to be supportive of a great
event. The mood will be for partying,
not for protesting, when the national
teams and the tourists start arriving
Rebelo's comments come in con-
trast to what most analysts foresee
during football's showcase event next
year, when all eyes will be on Brazil
and about 600,000 visitors will be
in the country. They also expect more
waves of protests during the 2016 Rio
"During the World Cup, there will
be a lot more reason to celebrate than
to protest," Rebelo said. "Even those
who have reason to protest, they nat-
urally won't choose to do it during
About 1 million demonstrators took
to the streets on a single night at the
height of this year's protests across
Brazil, which largely focused on cor-
ruption and woeful public services
despite a heavy tax burden.
FIFA General Secretary Jerome Val-
cke said recently he was satisfied with
the police response during some of
the protests that affected the six Con-
federations Cup host cities. The tour-
nament went on as scheduled and
none of the matches were disrupted.
He said he expects the same type of
response if protests happen again next
Valcke on Sunday had already dis-
missed concerns over the fan violence
that has plagued the South American
country inside and outside stadiums
in recent months, saying that "football
is a passion and you cannot control
everything" in a huge country
"These kinds of things will not
happen at the World Cup because we
will have the highest level of security
you can imagine," he said.
Rebelo also downplayed concern
with the Black Bloc anarchists that
have become a driving force behind
protests in recent weeks. The demon-
strations have lessened in size but
not frequency since masses took to
the streets in June.
"They are very small groups which
can be controlled," Rebelo said. "Police
can contain their vandalism."
The minister, who is the govern-
ment official in charge of Brazil's
preparations for the World Cup and
the 2016 Rio Olympics, downplayed
a recent threat by the country's largest
organised crime group that promised
to launch the "World Cup of Terror"
next year, with attacks against police
similar to those that spread fear across
the nation in 2006.
Rebelo said he expects the remain-
ing six World Cup stadiums to be
completed by the December deadline
established by Fifa, but acknowledged
that not all infrastructure work in the
12 host cities may be finalised in time
for the tournament next June.
The minister also said the World
Cup in Brazil will mark an important
stage in the fight against racism in
football, saying the government is
already working with Fifa and the
United Nations to create programs to
promote racial equality in the sport.
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Minister not expecting
Brazil World Cup
ZURICH---Champions League clubs share of billion-dollar
annual prize money is set to rise through 2018 as their need
for income increases in the "Financial Fair Play" era.
The agency marketing Champions League rights on behalf
of UEFA said yesterday that clubs will be "happy" with their
increase when the next deals kick in.
Switzerland-based TEAM Marketing is currently selling broad-
cast and sponsorship deals for the 2015-18 seasons, which follow
existing three-year deals worth 1.34 billion euros ($1.85 billion)
"It is a fantastic time 15 to 18, we will generate growth and
we will see happy clubs with the results," TEAM director Martin
Wagner said. "The clubs are expecting growth and we will
The 32 clubs playing in this season's Champions League will
share at least 900 million euros ($1.24 billion) in UEFA prize
Last season, Juventus was the biggest earner getting 65.3
million euros (then $86.3 million) from UEFA despite being
eliminated in the quarterfinal. Each club is paid an entry fee
for reaching the group stage, plus results bonuses through the
competition and a share of their national broadcasting deal.
Champions League income is key for elite clubs trying to
meet UEFA's "Financial Fair Play" rules which regulate spending
and require clubs to approach break-even on their football
income. In the most serious cases, clubs face being barred from
the Champions League.
Missing out is increasingly risky---for broadcasters and clubs.
"The unique model of the Champions League is it's the mass
(audience), you get the numbers," Wagner said on the sidelines
of the International Football Arena conference.
Wagner told delegates at Fifa headquarters that a global average
audience of at least 170 million watched Bayern Munich beat
German rival Borussia Dortmund in the final last May---the
biggest rating for a sports event in 2013.
"Everybody needs premium content," Wagner said, adding
that the Champions League is "unique to have for sponsors
who need to connect with consumers."
Wagner predicted "enormous growth" potential in the China,
India and the United States, where Fox holds the 2012-15 rights.
Some European markets---including Britain---would have strong
competition between pay-TV broadcasters.
"What you get now, you have in the future," Wagner said of
broadcasters' sports-led business model. "Bidders like Sky, they
need to do the job now because then they have the so-called
inertia benefit, meaning people are then reluctant to change to
The 2015-18 deals will likely be the last when a winning bid
gets the broadcast rights across all digital platforms.
"The bidders know that something is coming," Wagner said,
predicting big change driven by social media and young fans.
"All the companies who try to sell devices will be strong bidders
Change should also be lucrative for UEFA and clubs, with
screen technologies such as virtual advertising set to "revolutionise
everything," Wagner said.
"You can put your message regionally, you can target your
groups better, so this will generate more income," he said. (AP)
prize money to
rise in 2015-18
NEWCASTLE---Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has been given
a suspended jail sentence after admitting to possessing a fake
The Ivory Coast international was handed a seven-month sentence,
suspended for 18 months, by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court
Tiote bought a fake Belgian license when traveling through Belgium
for 15,000 euros ($20,700) and then attempted to swap the forgery
for a full British license.
Judge James Goss told Tiote that he would have to complete 180
hours on unpaid work.
Goss says "using your considerable talent, you will be able to
assist others in the community by encouraging them and passing
on your skills that way." (AP)
Newcastle's Tiote avoids
jail for fake license
LONDON---UEFA President Michel Platini wants the World
Cup expanded from 32 to 40 teams.
The Frenchman was responding to Fifa president Sepp Blatter's
call for Asian and African teams to be better represented at the
Blatter has previously suggested that spots at the finals should
be taken off European and South American nations rather than
expanding the tournament.
Platini said: "I totally agree with Mr Blatter that we need more
African and Asian (countries). But instead of taking away some
European, we have to go to 40 teams."
Platini says the change would only require three more days of
Platini is a Fifa vice president and tipped as a potential challenger
for the presidency when Blatter's fourth term ends in 2015.
Platini wants World Cup expanded to 40 teams
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