Good news and bad from Brazil
Good news and bad this week from Brazil where Chapecoense has just enjoyed its first on-field success since the plane crash that killed almost all of its players in November.
Over the weekend, a team that included many players drafted in on-loan (inset) won the second stage of the Santa Catarina State Championship with a match to spare and will now face first-phase winners Avai over two legs to decide the overall league title.
Supreme Court testimony delivered as part of an attempt by officials at construction conglomerate Odebrecht, meanwhile, suggested that the contracts relating to the building or renovating of six of the country’s 12 World Cup venues may been secured by bribery. The admissions came as part of the country’s long running investigation into corruption associated with the state oil company Petrobras. Odebrecht paid ¤3 billion to the authorities in Brazil and a number of other countries last year to settle corruption claims and may yet have to pay more in relation to the World Cup contracts. Many of the stadiums have been falling into disrepair since the tournament as there is no money to maintain them properly given the state of the economy.