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Football

No talk of cancelling Confed cup: Fifa
Agencies
Rio De Janeiro, June 22, 2013
First Published: 00:35 IST(22/6/2013)
Last Updated: 00:36 IST(22/6/2013)

Fifa has not discussed the possibility of cancelling the Confederations Cup, which has been overshadowed by protests sweeping Brazil, soccer's governing body said on Friday.

"To date, neither Fifa nor the local organising committee have ever discussed any such possibility of cancelling the Fifa Confederations Cup," Fifa said in a statement.

CBN radio and the website of the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper, both respected, mainstream Brazilian media, carried reports earlier on Friday speculating that the eight-team tournament, considered a dry run for next year's World Cup, was in danger.

"Fifa will claim compensation from Brazil if the Confederations Cup has to be suspended," said a headline on CBN's website. An estimated one million people took to the streets in cities across Brazil on Thursday as the country's biggest protests in two decades intensified despite government concessions meant to quell them.

The protests, now in their second week, have been about high taxes, inflation, corruption and poor public services and have also targeted the $26 billion of public money being spent on the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.


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