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Duel: Is the World Cup a poisoned chalice?

Sol Campbell and Simon Kuper battle it out in the match of the century

By Simon Kuper   June 2014

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To describe the World Cup as a “poisoned chalice” for the host nations is to ignore the fact that its value goes beyond the economic—it brings people and nations together. It’s also a fantastic platform from which to spread the message that racism and homophobia in sport are wrong.

I’m not denying that it costs a huge amount of money to host the World Cup but Brazil currently…

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