FIFA President Sepp Blatter has urged protesters flooding the streets of Brazil to stop linking their anger against the government to the Confederations Cup.
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of several Brazilian cities to call for more investment in basic services and an end to government corruption, with some questioning the cost of staging the 2014 World Cup.
A bus carrying journalists to Brazil's game against Mexico in the city of Fortaleza was blocked by protesters and forced to turn back on Wednesday morning.
The biggest demonstrations since the end of the country's 1964-85 military dictatorship have been swelling since Saturday's start of the Confederations Cup, which serves as a test event for the World Cup.
''They are linking them (the protests) to the Confederations Cup,'' Blatter said in an interview with Brazil's Globo TV network. ''I can understand that people are not happy, but they should not use foot...