White, rich fans fill World Cup stadiums, survey shows

Mexico fans look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (File) (Miguel Tovar, Getty Images)
Mexico fans look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (File) (Miguel Tovar, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/29 4:34 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A poll on the wealth and race of fans attending a World Cup match in Brazil has shown what any TV viewer in the nation has already seen — those attending games are overwhelmingly rich and white.

That's particularly noticeable in a nation like Brazil, which has more blacks than any other nation except Nigeria.

A Datafolha polling group survey, published Sunday in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, said that at Saturday's Brazil versus Chile match, 67 percent of attendees were white and 90 percent came from Brazil's top economic classes.

Similar trends have been observed at other Cup matches — though no polls were carried out.

Brazil has made strides in easing stark economic inequalities in the past decade, but black Brazilians remain far behind whites.

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