Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has announced that there will be no speeches at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in June.
During the Confederation Cup last year, Brazilian president, Dilma Vana Rousseff, was booed by fans at the opening ceremony, and when Sepp Blatter tried to intervene he became the target of the protests.
“Friends of Brazilian football, where is the respect and Fair Play, please? Blatter had asked at Brazil the brand new Maracana Stadium.
Protesters took to the streets of many Brazilian cities around the games of the Confederations Cup to express their feelings about the growing corruption and the perceived high costs for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, which will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro.
But despite these open protests, Blatter is hoping that the World Cup will have a positive impact for Brazil’s economy.
“We hope that the World Cup will play a part in calming down the social unrest that we experienced during the Confederations Cup,” he said.
The FIFA president also confirmed that the ‘human rights situation’ will be taken into consideration when FIFA will award rights to host World Cups in the future.
There are continuous reports that World Cup stadia, among them the one in Sao Paulo where the opening match will take place, are still under construction, but Blatter played down concerns that they won’t be finished in time for the event.
“Everything with the stadiums will work out. This is not my first World Cup. In the end, all the stadiums will be ready,” he concluded.
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