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Poll: White, rich fill World Cup stadium during Brazil match, illustrating fan inequality

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The Maracana stadium stands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 27, 2014. Rio is one of many cities hosting this month's World Cup soccer tournament.

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The Maracana stadium stands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 27, 2014. Rio is one of many cities hosting this month's World Cup soccer tournament.

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

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

A Datafolha polling group survey published Sunday in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper says that at Saturday's Brazil versus Chile match, 67 per cent of attendees were white and 90 per cent 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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