Congressmen fail to open probe on WCup corruption

Congressmen seeking to open an investigation into corruption

allegations surrounding the 2014 World Cup have not obtained enough

votes from their colleagues to start an inquiry.

The congressmen were trying to investigate alleged

irregularities involving the use of public funds in the country’s

preparations for next year’s tournament.

The leading senator pushing for the probe said that government

pressure kept many congressmen from signing the petition calling

for the inquiry. Izalci Ferreira said he had gathered signatures

from more than 200 congressmen, enough to have the investigation

approved, but many backtracked when the official request was about

to be made.

Ferreira said Wednesday through his press office that he will

continue to push for the investigation despite the setback.