Fifa delays World Cup 2014 ticket price announcement

The governing body puts off revealing its pricing plan for next year's tournament but says that demonstrations seen at the Confederations Cup are not linked to the decision
Fifa has delayed the announcement of ticket costs for World Cup 2014 following further civil unrest on the streets of Brazil on Sunday.

The governing body was scheduled to release pricing details of tickets for next summer's tournament on Monday.

Instead, the announcement will now come on July 19 but, despite Fifa's secretary general, Jerome Valcke, citing "logistical reasons" for the delay, it is has been claimed that the postponement could be linked to fears the public demonstrations could intensify.

Valcke told the press: "We want to look at all the issues we have faced at the Confederations Cup. We want to avoid having 10,000 tickets that are not collected two days prior to the game."

Meanwhile, the protests continued to grab headlines in Brazil despite the Selecao winning the Confederations Cup, with rubber bullets and tear gas used by police to combat the marchers.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter, however, insists that the tournament was a "success" on a sporting level.

"Thanks to all those who have helped to make this competition such a success, despite the unrest and protests," he remarked.

"I am happy to come to the conclusion now, with the sporting results and also — with at least the impression that — the social unrest is now resting. I don't know how long but it is now resting."