Brazil: FIFA and private company accused of racism over their choice of presenters for the 2014 World Cup draw

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2 December 2013

Brazil to probe FIFA in racism case ahead of World Cup draw [Brazil]

Author: Reuters

…A Sao Paulo state prosecutor has asked FIFA and the company it hired to organise Friday's draw [for the 2014 World Cup] to explain why it chose two white-skinned actors to present the televised show instead of two black-skinned actors…"I opened the investigation due to the suspicion of a crime of racism on the part of FIFA, or by the company they selected to organise the show, GEO Eventos," prosecutor Christiano Jorge Santos told Reuters…Santos asked FIFA, GEO Eventos, Veja and TV Globo, the broadcaster reported to have suggested the black couple…for more information about the choice. The GEO Eventos website was under maintenance and additional efforts to reach spokespeople at the company were unsuccessful…In a statement…FIFA said it "never vetoed anyone"…"FIFA's stance against any form of discrimination and racism which is even enshrined in our various regulations amongst others is well known," …

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Author: Veja Online

Acusar a Fifa de racismo por causa da preferência pelo casal [branco]...[como] apresentadores do sorteio oficial dos grupos da Copa do Mundo...é uma grande bobagem, diz...Luiz Gleiser... Executivo da TV Globo e da GEO, o braço de promoção de eventos do grupo...Gleiser falou... [que] a escolha foi baseada em outros critérios – e a Fifa não pode ser acusada de racismo porque a seleção não foi feita por ela. As queixas contra a ausência de [negros]...para comandar a transmissão...começaram nas redes sociais e chegaram até o Ministério Público... o Radar on-line de VEJA revelou que...promotor paulista abriu...procedimento para “apuração de eventual crime de racismo” cometido pela Fifa...

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