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Fifa's Valcke Predicts World Cup In Brazil Will Be Smoother Sailing Than Confederations

posted 1 Jul 2013, 14:50 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 1 Jul 2013, 14:51 ]

RIO DE JANEIROBRAZIL (JULY 1, 2013) (REUTERS) -  After Brazil hosted a successful, yet tumultuous, Confederations Cup, FIFA said on Monday (July 1) that it expected the government to do what was necessary to address the demands of protesters.

Brazil ended the tournament both winners and losers after they won the cup against the sometimes violent backdrop off the pitch, with demonstrators often directing their ire at both FIFA and the amount of money spent by their nation to host both the Confederations and World Cups.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said that he had faith Brazil's government would take the steps to ensure that the World Cup would be different.

"I mean I am sure that as we have seen already the government will tackle, at least will be working on what has happened and I am not expecting we will have the same situation at the World Cup, so in eleven months the situation we have had the last two weeks. But again, what we have seen is the most important part is that all the fans, the ones that were looking to attend the different games, they have been able to join the stadiums which means there was kind of a, there was on one side the demonstrations but there was on the other side the fans going to the stadium, and I don't know if it is a question of respect from both groups but both groups have existed during this Confederations Cup. So, during the World Cup there will be fan fest, there will be giant screens in different cities, in different cities," Valcke said.

A major message from protesters was that money spent on football should have been used instead on improving the country's public transport, education and national health facilities.

Government intervention will likely be a major key to keeping people from protesting again next year when the stakes will be higher than ever as Brazil expects an estimated 500,000 soccer fans to descend upon the nation for soccer's world championship.