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Blatter: Confed Cup a 'success' despite unrest

Published July 1, 2013 10:11 am

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Rio de Janeiro • FIFA President Sepp Blatter is calling the Confederations Cup a success despite clashes between police and protesters near some matches.

As host nation Brazil was defeat Spain in Sunday's final of the 2014 World Cup warmup tournament, police officers were unleashing tear gas canisters and stun grenades outside Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.

Blatter says the competition was "such a success despite ... all this unrest and protests."

Many of Brazil's anti-government protesters were angered at the lack of investment in public services compared with the billions of dollars spent on next year's World Cup.

But Blatter says: "The social unrest is now resting. I don't know how long, but it is now resting."