Analysis: Brazil riots raise questions over sporting mega-events (Reuters)

Soccer fans walk past members of a Brazilian special anti-riot unit at a security checkpoint outside the stadium before the Confederations Cup soccer match between Brazil and Italy in Salvador June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) – Brazilian anger against the cost of staging the World Cup could undermine the argument that host countries benefit from sporting mega-events as they become too big for most countries to handle. UEFA’s idea of splitting the Euro 2020 championship into mini-tournaments hosted in 13 different countries could be one of the alternatives which organizers could follow in the future, analysts say. …

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