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Fans boo Sepp Blatter & Brazil president in Confederations Cup opener

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A 67,400 crowd roundly booed FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Brazil president Dilma Rousseff before the Confederations Cup opener between Brazil and Japan in Brasília.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is seen with Brazil president Dilma Rousseff at Confederations Cup
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is seen with Brazil president Dilma Rousseff at Confederations Cup

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Fans cheered for Brazil and Japan players as their names were introduced through the sound system at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, but they showed no mercy to their president and booed forcefully when her name were called out.

Blatter initially tried to play down the crowd's reaction and said he was very happy to be in Brazil. But when he referred to Rousseff again, the booing resumed.

"Friends of Brazilian football, where is the respect and the fair play, please?" Blatter told the crowd when the protest persisted.

However, the jeers seemed louder after Blatter spoke, so Rousseff herself opted to cut short the embarrassing moment.

"I declare open the Brazil 2013 Confederations Cup," she said in a haste with a very stern face.

While Blatter has been booed during appearances at stadiums across the world, Rousseff has been a popular president in Brazil.

Her popularity, though, has seen a steep drop in recent months amid rising inflation and concerns that billions of public money is being spent on the World Cup and the Olympic projects instead of essential public services.


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