Tickets for next year’s World Cup in Brazil will be “cheapest ever”, according to the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).
The Secretary of the football governing body, Jerome Valcke, said 70% of the matches would cost less than in previous events as the actual prices is due to be announced on 19 July.
Fifa President, Sepp Blatter, and Valcke praised the just concluded Confederations Cup in Brazil, claiming it was a success despite demonstrations which took millions to the street.
“I am happy we come to a conclusion now with a sporting result and the impression that the social unrest is now resting- I don’t know how long for,” Mr. Blatter told reporters in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
The tournament was marked by scores of protests against the high cost of the World Cup, corruption and poor public services. There were several c lashes between protesters and security forces, who fired rubber bullets, pepper sprays and tear gas into the crowd.
The head of Fifa also admitted there had been fears that Brazil would not be ready for the World Cup in 2014.
“When we started the competition there was some uncertainty what would happen,” added Blatter.
Construction works at some match venues was finished shortly before the start of the World Cup dress-rehearsal and there were doubts about how the country’s infrastructure will cope with a large scale event.
There were reports that the public was affected by the gas inside the stadiums, including the Maracana Stadium in Rio, where Brazil humbled Spain 3-0.
Fifa officials however refused to comment on security issues, saying they were political matters and the government’s to deal with.