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Top judge: WCup likely bad for Brazil's image

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 30, 2014 at 9:10 am •  Published: May 30, 2014
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's outgoing Supreme Court chief says he expects the World Cup will be a "big party," but worries it will also leave a bad image of the country.

In an interview published Friday by the O Globo newspaper, Joaquim Barbosa says the World Cup "will probably be very bad for the country's image because those responsible for its organization did not prepare themselves for an event of this size."

The newspaper interviewed Barbosa two days before he announced his early retirement on Thursday.

Barbosa is the only black judge to ever serve on Brazil's high court. He presided over a high-profile corruption trial in 2012 that sent more than 20 people to jail in a congressional payoff scheme.


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