Fifa says it has no plans to cancel the Confederations Cup taking place in Brazil, despite anti-government protests spreading across the country.
Over one million people took to the streets on Thursday, voicing their anger over the vast extent to which public resources have been spent on the World Cup in 2014 at huge cost to the poor and needy in the country.
However, football's world governing body has insisted that, while it understands the actions of those who have protested, there are no plans to bring an early end to this summer's eight-team competition, nor disrupt next year's World Cup.
"We support and acknowledge the right of free speech and to demonstrate peacefully and condemn any form of violence, [but] at no stage has neither Fifa, the Local Organising Committee nor the Federal Government discussed or considered cancelling the Fifa Confederations Cup or the Fifa World Cup," said a Fifa statement.
"We are in constant contact with all stakeholders, including the teams, and keep them updated on all arrangements made. We have not received any requests to leave Brazil from any team.''
An 18-year-old was killed during the protests after a collision with a car in Sao Paolo on Thursday, while others have been injured.