Diego Armando Maradona criticised FIFA for charging Haiti for World Cup

The retired football legend from Argentina, Diego Armando Maradona, brought strong criticism to the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and its policies. The issue started due to FIFA charging Haiti $2 million for the rights of broadcasting the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Although the Haitian team has not been involved in the World Cup since 1974, when the Haitian team returned home after the very first round of the tournament, most of the Haitians are great fans of Argentina and of Brazil.


As this was the price to be paid, the government had to make it happen and find the $2 million. Otherwise the Haitians would have been kept away from their most dear competition of the year. Haiti has just been taken out of the list of countries that it is recommended not to travel to. It is trying to rebuild its economy and the political party that rules, tries to maintain a policy of popularity among Haitians.

It is estimated that the monetary profits set for FIFA to generate during this tournament is up to $4 billion, out of which, about 60% will come from charging for broadcasting rights. Diego Armando Maradona strongly disagreed with FIFA's attitude towards the Haitian government and the people of Haiti, as a result of their not considering the country's struggles and financial restraints. No FIFA official has made any public statement, so far. The people of the "devastated country", as Diego Armando Maradona called Haiti in the interview taken, still look forward to their favorite team to take the cup home.

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