Brazil’s embattled president has thrown her weight behindnational support for a successful World Cup football tournamentnext year, promising to give visiting teams and fans a generouswelcome.World football’s governing body FIFA welcomed her comments,saying in a statement, ”we reassert our collaboration with theBrazilian government to deliver a safe Confederations Cup and WorldCup which all football fans can enjoy.”Protests that have swept Brazil over the past week have raisedmedia speculation about Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup.An eight-nation warm-up tournament, the Confederations Cup, istaking place at the moment. No games have been disrupted, but theyhave coincided with huge popular demonstrations in Braziliancities. Some have been protesting against the cost of staging thefootball tournaments and the 2018 Olympic Games.President Dilma Rousseff spoke on television on Friday evening,pledging reform to tackle some of the complaints. She said federalmoney being spent on the World Cup would flow back into thecountry’s coffers.”With regard to the World Cup, I want to clarify that thefederal money spent on the stadiums is in the form of financingthat will be duly repaid by the companies and governments that areexploiting these stadiums,” she said. ”I would never allow thesefunds to come out of the federal public budget or to damagepriority sectors… Read full this story
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