Former Football Legend Romario Seeks Governor’s Chair in Rio de Janeiro

Rebuffing critics who say he has no experience in public administration, the athlete-turned-politician says what he has is more important.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Football (soccer) legend-turned-politician, Romario de Souza Faria, known simply as Romario, wants voters to know that although he can still bring fear to opponents on the pitch, he is now focused on other battles as a gubernatorial candidate for Rio de Janeiro state.

"My first move will be to reduce the number of UPPs (Pacifying Police Units) and place police officers on the street. We take the cop out of the confrontation and put him on the street, where people can see him,” said Romario in an interview . . .

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