Romario criticizes 2014 WCup preparations again

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- Former Brazilian star Romario has again criticized his country's preparations for the 2014 World Cup, saying he fears it faces embarrassment if work on outdated airports is not speeded up.

Now a congressman, Romario said he is certain there will be overspending in all 12 World Cup stadiums and that "they will rob" public funds and use the tournament as an excuse.

In an interview with the Bandeirantes network, Romario said it will be "chaos" in Brazil's airports during the World Cup if renovation and upgrades don't get started as soon as possible.

Soccer great Pele previously said Brazil was risking embarrassment because of the condition of its airports.