Posted June 12, 2013 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Sepp Blatter
FIFA President Sepp Blatter says the Under-20 World Cup will go ahead next week despite anti-government protests in Turkey. The 24-nation tournament is set to start June 21 in seven cities in Turkey, which has faced nearly two weeks of the biggest anti-government protests in decades. Blatter said Wednesday FIFA was in contact with Turkish ''political authorities, especially with the security.'' He adds that ''the guarantees have been given and I am sure that nothing will happen.'' He says the tournament ''is a good opportunity to show that football can bring people together. We shall stay there and I am sure that political authorities in Turkey are aware of that.'' Blatter was in Serbia on an official visit.

FIFA urges fans to come pick up Confed Cup tickets

FIFA and the local organizing committee are issuing a strong appeal to Brazilian fans to pick up their tickets ahead of the Confederations Cup to avoid the prospect of people lining up by the thousands on match days. While workers are still putting the finishing touches on stadiums two days before the World Cup warm-up tournament begins, it now appears that handing out tickets is...
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