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FIFA Execs Take Note Of American Soccer Interest; Hinting At '26 U.S. World Cup?
Published July 3, 2014
WE'RE NOT GONNA PROTEST: Blatter on Wednesday declared that the World Cup in Brazil "was a success," and said that the "fears of anti-tournament protests had not materialized." Blatter: "I am a very happy man today." The AFP noted the World Cup has "escaped the massive protests that marred last year's warm-up tournament, the Confederations Cup, when hundreds of thousands of people swarmed the streets to denounce" the record $11B spent on hosting the event. The protests "have been much smaller during the World Cup" (AFP, 7/2).
THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND: The AP noted Valcke is "reviving a debate over whether alcohol sales should have been allowed at matches" in this year's World Cup. In an interview with Brazil-based SporTV, Valcke said "maybe there were too many people who were drunk" at the matches. Brazil banned alcohol sales at soccer matches in '03 "in a bid to curb fan violence," but FIFA "insisted Brazil lift the ban in order to host" in '14. Valcke in '12 said that lifting the ban was "non-negotiable," but on Wednesday he "appeared to soften his position" (AP, 7/2).