Valcke expects 'quiet' World Cup despite protests
FIFA's Valcke expects 'quiet' World Cup despite threats of violent protests across Brazil
Associated Press
2014-02-18 03:01 AM

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke says he is confident the public demonstrations expected in Brazil during the World Cup will not affect the tournament.

Protesters have been threatening widespread protests in June and July, using the World Cup to attract attention to their demands for social improvements.

Valcke says on Monday, "we are expecting a quiet World Cup and we are expecting that whoever wants to be at the World Cup will have the right to do so."

He adds, "we are sure the World Cup is too big an event for any country around the world not to support its organization."

Last year, Brazilians frustrated with woeful public services despite a high tax burden launched massive anti-governments protests, and targeted the Confederations Cup.

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