Blatter pledges $100m to Brazil

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has pledged to give at least $100 million from profits back to Brazil after protests over the high cost of staging the World Cup.

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Brazilian police clash with protesters outside stadium

A group of demonstrators have clashed with police outside Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana stadium while the Confederations Cup final between Brazil and Spain was getting under way.

Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters, who responded by hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails. One protesters carried a sign saying: "FIFA get out of here".

The demonstrations are the latest in the protest movement that has swept the country that was initially sparked by a transportation fare hike and has evolved to embrace a variety of social issues.

Sepp Blatter pledges $100m to Brazil after protests

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has pledged to give at least $100 million from profits back to Brazil after protests over the high cost of staging the World Cup, reports the Associated Press.

FIFA gave $100 million for development projects after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but had not previously said it would establish a similar fund after next year's tournament.

Speaking in Rio Di Janeiro, Blatter said: "an amount like that or even higher will be possible to have here."


Tear gas fired as 5,000 protesters clash with police

Around 5,000 anti-government protesters clashed with riot police in Fortaleza, Brazil, ahead of the Spain v Italy Confederations Cup semi-final in the city.

Protesters run away from tear gas fired by the police. Credit: Reuters
Riot police fire tear gas at protesters near the Estadio Castelao. Credit: Reuters
Peaceful demonstrators try to hold back protesters ready for riots near the stadium. Credit: Reuters


Police control mass Brazil protest with teargas

Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Wednesday calling for a crackdown on corruption and better public services.

Riot police on horseback pass a burning car near the Mineirao Stadium Credit: Reuters

In Belo Horizonte 40,000 people gathered to demand better education and healthcare as Brazil's third-largest city hosted a Confederations Cup semi-final between Brazil and Uruguay - a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup.

Demonstrator is detained by policemen during a protest Credit: Reuters

Youths threw stones at police who used teargas to stop marchers just a mile from the stadium. A banner hung from a bridge read "FIFA go home".

Police fire tear gas near the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte Credit: Reuters

Brazilian players 'in favour of the protests'

Brazil striker 'Fred' Frederico Chaves Guedes told Associated Press reporter Rob Harris: "I'm in favour of the protests," during a training session yesterday.

protesters are already gathering ahead of the Confederations Cup match that will see brazil meet Uruguay later.

Protesters are already gathering, but Brazilian players have lent their support to the demonstrations. Credit: ITV News/ Nick Ravenscroft

Last month Brazilian football star Neymar scored a spectacular goal in the Confederations Cup after saying he had been inspired by the protests.

Brazil protests expected despite congress climb-down

Brazil's congress has shelved legislation that had been a target of nationwide protests, hours before another expected round of large-scale demonstrations.

Protests in Brazil have become become the largest eruption of public demonstrations Latin America's biggest nation has seen in two decades.

The unrest started almost 10-days ago as a response to public transport costs but the list of grievances has increased and had come to include the controversial plans.

Demonstrators clashing with police close to the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on Saturday. Credit: REUTERS/Alexandre C. Mota

The lower house of congress voted 403-9 late last night to drop a measure that would have limited the investigative powers of federal prosecutors, a bill that many feared would make it harder to prosecute official corruption.

However further protests are still expected.

There have been calls on social media calling for more big demonstrations with the largest expected in the city of Belo Horizonte, where the Brazilian football team will meet Uruguay in a semifinal of the Confederations Cup, the warm-up tournament to next year's World Cup.

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