RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA has "full confidence" Brazilian police can cope with the violent protests and disorder in the streets leading to the country's warmup event for the 2014 World Cup.
There were clashes with police on Thursday in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro after thousands protested rising bus and subway fares. Police said 40 people were detained in Sao Paulo, some with knives and gasoline bombs.
Authorities are on high alert with the Confederations Cup starting Saturday in Brasilia, with Brazil playing Japan. FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola said Friday soccer's governing body is "monitoring the situation" and in touch with local officials. He stressed that FIFA has "full confidence and trust in the local authorities" to cope with "any circumstance."