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FIFA Back Brazil Despite Protests

FIFA have revealed that they will continue backing Brazil to host the 2014 World Cup despite violent protests during the Confederations Cup.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff addressed the nation on Thursday, where she explained that funding for the world showpiece was not coming out of the public kitty.

Over one million people have been involved in protests across Brazil and on Friday reports in the media had claimed that the Confederations Cup was in danger of being stopped.

FIFA, though, have issued a statement saying that they are happy with Rousseff's address to the nation and are looking forward to a successful event next year.

The statement read, "We welcome Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's address to the nation, and we reassert our collaboration with the (Brazilian) government to deliver a safe and successful Confederations Cup and World Cup, which all football fans can enjoy," a spokesman said at Saturday's media briefing at the Maracana Stadium.

Rousseff, in her address, told Brazilians, "With regard to the World Cup, I want to clarify that the federal money spent on the stadiums is in the form of financing that will be duly repaid by the companies and governments that are exploiting these stadiums.

"I would never allow these funds to come out of the federal public budget or to damage priority sectors such as health and education.

"In fact, we have strongly expanded spending in health and education, and we will expand it more and more. I trust that the National Congress will approve the bill I presented that ensures that all oil royalties are spent exclusively on education.

"It is also imperative that I mention a very important topic that has to do with our Brazilian soul and our manners.

"Brazil, the only country to have participated in every World Cup and a five-time world champion, has always been very well received everywhere.

"We must give our friends the same generous welcome we have received from them - with respect, love and joy. This is how we must treat our guests. Football and sport are symbols of peace and peaceful coexistence among peoples.

"Brazil deserves to, and will, host a great World Cup."

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