SAO PAULO - People protesting against the World Cup or in favor of more social spending could harm the country's chances of winning the tournament, Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said on Sunday.
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets during last year's Confederations Cup to protest World Cup spending and a lack of infrastructure investment.Smaller scale protests are still occurring in the country, which will host the June 12-July 13 tournament for the first time since 1950.
Scolari said he was not against demonstrations but the World Cup was not the best time for his players to be confronted with any outside issues.
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