PunditFact checks claims on World Cup

St. Petersburg, Florida -- The U.S. will play its first World Cup game Monday night against Ghana. The excitement has all eyes on Brazil and that means many are making a lot of claims.

10 News anchor Allison Kropff teams up with PunditFact to check a few of them.

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver recently made some jokes about FIFA, but he also made claims that caught the ears of fact-checkers at PunditFact. We'll start with his claim that FIFA, the international soccer association, pressured Brazil into passing the so-called "Budweiser Bill" to lift its alcohol ban.

Here's what he said:

"The amazing thing here is FIFA won. They successfully pressured Brazil into passing a so-called 'Budweiser bill,' allowing beer sales in soccer stadiums. And at this point, you can either be horrified by that or relieved that FIFA was not also sponsored by cocaine and chainsaws," says Aaron Sharockman with PunditFact.

Fact-checkers decided to do some digging into the brew battle. Several years ago, Brazil did ban beer sales at all soccer matches. Fact-checkers reached out to a FIFA spokesperson.

"FIFA said that's good for you but for the World Cup you have to allow beer into the stadium and essentially Brazil caved, they have 'un-did' their moratorium on beer sales for this month during the World Cup," says Sharockman.

Because there's no doubt FIFA demanded beer be allowed at the World Cup, PunditFact rates Oliver's claim TRUE.

To read more of this fact-check, click here.


Now to Oliver's claim that this new, $300 million stadium in Brazil will be used for just four World Cup games. He said one stadium, built in Manaus, in the middle of the Amazon rain forest, epitomizes World Cup waste.

Here's what he said:

"Brazil built a $300 million stadium in the Amazon rain forest that is only going to be used for four World Cup games, and there's no team that can fill it afterwards."

"There really is no real plans for the 42,000-seat arena. There is a small, local team that plans on playing there, but they draw only about 1,000 fans a game, so that's a lot of seats and a lot of money for four World Cup games," says Sharockman.

Because the stadium will sit unused, PunditFact rates this claim: TRUE.

To read the details of this fact-check click here.


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