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SBD Global/June 17, 2013/Events and Attractions
FIFA Confederations Cup Opener Spoiled After Police Clash With Protesters Outside Stadium
Published June 17, 2013
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DOZENS ARRESTED, INJURED: The BBC reported "protests left 39 people injured" and "30 arrests were made." BBC Sport's South American football correspondent Tim Vickery said, "Brazilian society was explicitly told in 2007 that all of the money spent on stadiums would be private money. It hasn't worked out that way at all. More than 90% of the money being spent on football stadiums is public money" (BBC, 6/16). WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER's Matthew Grayson wrote FIFA said its officials are "monitoring the situation" in Brazil and believe police can cope with the violent protests (WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER, 6/14).
SECOND DAY OF PROTESTS: REUTERS' Pedro Fonseca reported police on Sunday "fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds as protests marred a second successive day" of the Confederations Cup. Protesters "tried to pass a police blockade outside Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium," where Mexico were playing Italy in the tournament. Protesters in Rio are "also angry in Rio about a local issue surrounding the cost of public transport" (REUTERS, 6/16).
BLATTER CALLS FOR RESPECT: REUTERS' Mike Collett wrote Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA President Sepp Blatter "were jeered before the match at the Mane Garrincha National stadium as the public showed their discontent" (REUTERS, 6/16). XINHUA reported Blatter "urged fans to show more respect" after Rousseff was roundly booed before the opening Confederations Cup match between Brazil and Japan on Sunday. Blatter: "Brazilian football fans, where is the respect and fair play, please?" Rousseff's popularity has tumbled in recent weeks "amid rising inflation and concerns that billions of dollars of public money is being spent on World Cup and Olympic projects instead of essential public services" (XINHUA, 6/16).