No opening speeches at World Cup in Brazil

Mar 12, 2014, 4:45 AM EDT
Policemen arrest a demonstrator during a protest against the government's expenditure for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 22, 2014.
AFP/Nelson Almeida

Football's world governing body, Fifa, has announced that there will be no speeches at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in June. Last year, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was booed by fans at the opening match of the Confederations Cup - a curtain-raiser for the World Cup. In an interview with DPA news agency, Fifa head Sepp Blatter expressed concern about social unrest in Brazil. He said he hoped the event would play a part in calming down the protests.
Background:
Brazil World Cup: Fifa scraps speeches to avoid protest [BBC]
Brazil World Cup fans won’t get chance to jeer Rousseff, Blatter [Bloomberg]

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