Good news and bad from Brazil

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

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.

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