Pele Fears Protests in Brazil Will Hurt FIFA World Cup

Huge investments in the FIFA World Cup and lackluster spending on public services has sparked fresh protests in Brazil. Football legend Pele feels the unrest will keep tourists away during the FIFA World Cup next month.

updated: May 20, 2014 12:19 IST
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Huixqulucan: Brazilian football legend Pele expressed concern on Monday that social protests in his country could prompt nervous fans from abroad to cancel their trips to the World Cup.

Pele, speaking at a press conference in a Mexico City suburb, said he had no doubt that demonstrations that have reemerged in recent weeks would affect the tournament if they continue. (Also read: Can FIFA World Cup be a health hazard for you?)

"We already know that 25 percent of foreigners who were going to Brazil are worried by the protest, and I think they have cancelled," said the 73-year-old honorary ambassador to the tournament.

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