Last Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014, 18:19
Brasilia: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that the success the 2014 FIFA World Cup has shut up the critics who had expected chaos, demonstrations and violence during the tourney.
During a recent meeting with foreign media here at the Palácio da Alvorada, Dilma said no one can criticise the organisation of the World Cup, reports Efe.
"Brazil is a mature country, what happens on the field stays on the field. In Brazil we have a tradition, football and politics do not mix," she said.
Rousseff said that Brazil`s 1-7 defeat to Germany in the semi-final was difficult to accept but it was part of the game.
"Any loss is difficult, but the worst loss would have happened if Brazil lost off field, if the stadiums had not been ready. If there had been chaos at the airports and the streets or a dengue epidemic, as some predicted," she said.
Brazil also lost the third-place play-off 0-3 to the Netherlands here Saturday.
First Published: Sunday, July 13, 2014, 18:19