Former Brazil players donate World Cup tickets

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Former playing greats Romario and Ronaldo have announced a plan to donate 32,000 free tickets to disabled fans for matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Brazil congressman and former soccer star Romario wipes a tear from his face after announcing that World Cup tickets will be given to disabled fans in 2014.  VICTORY R. CAIVANO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
VICTORY R. CAIVANO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Brazil congressman and former soccer star Romario wipes a tear from his face after announcing that World Cup tickets will be given to disabled fans in 2014.

Romario, a World Cup winner in 1994 who is now in the Brazilian parliament, had requested the free tickets from the organizing committee.

The former Brazil striker has a daughter with Down syndrome and had tears in his eyes as he announced the giveaway on Friday.

He said the decision was “a great victory.”

Romario was joined by former teammate Ronaldo. The highest scorer in World Cup history and a two-time winner, he is a member of the 2014 organizing committee.

The measure involves donating 500 tickets to disabled people for each match.

ARSENAL LOAN: Manager Arsene Wenger is considering trying to bring Thierry Henry back to the team on a two-month loan from the New York Red Bulls.

The striker won two league titles and three FA Cups during a hugely successful eight-year spell at Arsenal, establishing himself as the club’s all-time top scorer.

MONACO TAKEOVER: A Russian billionaire has completed his takeover of the struggling Monaco soccer team.

The club announced on its Web site on Friday that Dmitry Rybolovlev’s company Monaco Sport Invest now owns two-thirds of the team.

Monaco is last in the second tier of French soccer with one win in 18 games. It won the French league title in 2000 and was Champions League runner-up in 2004.


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