Rio de Janeiro: FIFA says it has no plans to cancel the Confederations Cup taking place in Brazil, despite anti-government protests spreading across the country.
Over one million people took to the streets on Thursday, voicing their anger over the vast extent to which public resources have been spent on the World Cup in 2014 at huge cost to the poor and needy in the country.
However, football`s world governing body has insisted that, while it understands the actions of those who have protested, there are no plans to bring an early end to this summer`s eight-team competition, nor disrupt next year`s World Cup.
"We support and acknowledge the right of free speech and to demonstrate peacefully and condemn any form of violence, [but] at no stage has neither Fifa, the Local Organising Committee nor the Federal Government discussed or considered cancelling the Fifa Confederations Cup or the Fifa World Cup," said a FIFA statement.
"We are in constant contact with all stakeholders, including the teams, and keep them updated on all arrangements made. We have not received any requests to leave Brazil from any team.``
An 18-year-old was killed during the protests after a collision with a car in Sao Paolo on Thursday, while others have been injured.
Latest projections suggest that over 10 billion euros will be spent on improving stadiums, airports and other projects ahead of next summer`s World Cup, with 90 per cent of the cost coming from public funds despite initial promises that money would be provided by private investment.
The Confederations Cup, used as a test event for the World Cup, began on June 15 and will run until June 30.
We're building him (RvP) up now because of the World Cup. It’s a pity but we have to or he’ll never be fit.
Louis van Gaal