Protests’ll Hurt World Cup, Says Pele

The Brazilian footballing great Pele says he fears the many protests in the country could hurt the World Cup.
Thousands of Brazilians have been taking to the streets to protest against the high costs of hosting of the tournament.
According to a report monitored on the bbc, Pele said he sympathised with the demonstrators, adding that many foreigners could cancel their trips to the World Cup as a result.
“This is a great loss for the country”, said Pele in Mexico.
The footballer said he agreed with many of the protesters’ grievances, such as their calls for more schools and hospitals.
But Pele said the Brazilian national team should not have to pay for the corruption and politics involved in organising the tournament.
“We have nothing to do with corrupt politicians and thieves”, he said. “It is not our fault”.


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