Posted: Monday July 1, 2013 11:43 AM

Blatter: Tournament a success despite unrest

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -FIFA President Sepp Blatter declared the Confederations Cup football tournament a success despite clashes between police and protesters near some matches.

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

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

Many of Brazil's anti-government protesters expressed anger at the lack of investment in public services compared with the billions of dollars being 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.''
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