Friday, June 13, 2014

World Cup News June 13 , 2014 -- Ahead of today round of three games , yesterday's controversial Referee call for a penalty in Brazil's opening game , coupled with a heavy police response to protesters ( tear gas utilized once again ) mar the first day ! )


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It didn't take long for the first major controversy of the World Cup as Brazil took a 2-1 lead over Croatia late in the opening match when Fred appeared to flop in the penalty area, drawing a penalty.
There was definitely contact on the play with the Croatian defender placing his hand on Fred's shoulder, but the Brazilian clearly embellished the contact..

Fred was even holding his hands out looking for a call even before he hit the ground.
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The Croatian players were furious, surrounding the referee after the call.
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Neymar was able to convert the penalty even though the Croatian goalie was able to get his hands on the ball and Brazil had a 2-1 lead.










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Tear gas, stun grenades: Brazilian police disperse protesters hours before WC opener

Published time: June 12, 2014 15:47
Edited time: June 12, 2014 17:43
Riot policemen fire tear gas at demontrators during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)
Riot policemen fire tear gas at demontrators during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)
Brazilian police have used teargas and stun grenades in San Paolo clashing with about 200 protesters angry with the govt overspending on the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This occurred hours before the tournament’s opening game to be held in the city.
There were also reports of rubber bullets that were used against peaceful protesters who were trying to cut off a key venue leading to the Arena Corinthians stadium – the location of the first game of the Cup between hosting Brazil and Croatia.

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Heavily armed police in Sao Paulo to disperse protesters who tried to demonstrate 11km from the Arena do Corinthians
Many Brazilians are angry with the government spending over the $11.3 billion on hosting the World Cup while the country has been experiencing economic problems.
Demonstrators and a photographer run from tear gas shot by riot police during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)
Demonstrators and a photographer run from tear gas shot by riot police during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)

The Brazilian government has also been criticized for the frequent delays during the construction of the Arena Corinthians stadium that will host the World Cup games. Not only was the $525 million facility delivered six months late, but $150 million was spent over budget. The Thursday opening game will be the first ever to be played in the stadium which is a rude violation of FIFA's normal protocol for World Cup games.

President Dilma Rousseff has dismissed complaints about the heavy spending and delays saying that the people should be in high spirits giving more support for their home team.

"What I'm seeing more and more is the welcome given to the teams and the happiness of the Brazilian people with our team," she said in a speech on Wednesday.
A woman is pushed by riot policemen during a clash with demontrators in a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)
A woman is pushed by riot policemen during a clash with demontrators in a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)

Members of the media film riot policemen during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Lunae Parracho)
Members of the media film riot policemen during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Lunae Parracho)

Riot policemen stand behind burning rubbish during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)
Riot policemen stand behind burning rubbish during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)

Demonstrators take part in an anti-World Cup protest in Rio de Janeiro on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Yasuyoshi Chiba)
Demonstrators take part in an anti-World Cup protest in Rio de Janeiro on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Yasuyoshi Chiba)

Riot policemen fire tear gas during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Laurent Thomet)
Riot policemen fire tear gas during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Laurent Thomet)

Riot policemen stand in position during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)
Riot policemen stand in position during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)