Fifa: Confederations Cup will not be cancelled despite protests

The tournament in Brazil has been under threat due to demonstrations spreading across the country, but football's governing body says the show will go on
Fifa say they have 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 way they have been cast aside to make way for the World Cup in 2014.

However, football's governing body released the following statement regarding the eight-team competition.

"To date, neither Fifa nor the LOC (local organising committee) have ever discussed any such possibility.''

An 18-year-old was killed during the protests after a collision with a car in Sao Paolo on Thursday, while others were injured.

Another reason for many of the protests have been because of the money spent of stadiums for the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.

It has been reported that $13.3 billion [£8.6bn] will be spent on improving stadiums, airports and other projects, with approximately $3.5bn [£2.2bn] being spent on venues.

One banner outside the Maracana Stadium, ahead of Spain's match with Tahiti, read: 'We want hospitals and schools in FIFA standards.'

Meanwhile, Fifa president Sepp Blatter has told protesters not to "use football to make their demands heard."

The tournament began on June 15, and will run until June 30. It is a blow to Brazil, who saw this competition as a test run for next summer's World Cup.