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Venezuelan lawmaker calls on FIFA to give 10% of earnings to poor

July 6, 2014

A Venezuelan lawmaker called on world soccer body FIFA to earmark 10 percent of its earnings from the 2014 Brazil World Cup to help poor countries.

The National Assembly Deputy William Ojeda told a national media outlet FIFA could serve as an example to others by giving at least 10 percent of its profits to aid less developed nations to build schools, housing, hospitals and sports venues.

The lawmaker noted that Uruguay's national team has created a non-profit organization to build schools and sports centers in their country, and that Spain'sBarcelona club has Unicef's name on its jerseys to help support the United Nations Children's Fund, China Daily reported.

FIFA is expected to earn some 4 billion U.S. dollars from this year's World Cup, at least 60 percent of which comes from selling TV networks the rights to broadcast games, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said Thursday.

According to FIFA, the 2010 South Africa World Cup generated 3.655 billion dollars, not counting ticket sales, and cost some 1.298 billion dollars.

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Source: Balochistan Times (Pakistan)

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