FIFA says not considering scrapping Confederations Cup

The nation-wide mass demonstrations, which have sometimes turned violent, are taking place as Brazil is hosting teams from around the world for the Confederations Cup, a dry run for next year's World Cup being held in six host cities.

updated: June 21, 2013 20:54 IST
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Rio De Janeiro: World football's governing body FIFA said Friday that it has no plans to scrap the Confederations Cup and that no team wants to pull out despite the huge protests rocking Brazil.

"At no stage has FIFA considered or discussed abandoning the Confederations Cup with the local authorities," FIFA media chief Pekka Odriozola said. "We are monitoring the situation with the authorities."

"We support the right of free speech," he added. "We condemn violence."

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