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FIFA: Confed Cup won't be abandoned

June 21, 2013
By ESPN staff

FIFA has dismissed reports in the Brazilian media that the Confederations Cup will be cancelled because of security fears.

Brazilian protesters demonstrate outside the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza
GettyImagesBrazilian protesters demonstrate outside the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza

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The tournament has taken place against a backdrop of nationwide demonstrations that have seen an estimated 1,000,000 people take to the streets to demand better public services and protest against the government.

Brazilian police had to draft in 1,500 armed officers to protect the Estadio do Maracana ahead of Spain's 10-0 defeat of Tahiti on Thursday after protesters had blocked the main access road to the Arena Castelao, in Fortaleza, earlier in the week.

Such scenes ed CBN radio and Estado de Sao Paulo to report that the remaining fixtures of the Confederations Cup could be scrapped as the demonstrations continued across the country.

However, a FIFA spokesperson told Sky Sports News there were no plans to abandon the eight-team tournament and no discussions about doing so had taken place.

On Thursday, Brazil legend Pele urged protesters to leave the streets and focus on football, but his words were greeted with derision on social media.

The tournament is due to resume on Saturday. Italy take on Brazil, while Japan meet Mexico.