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Brazil assistant Carlos Alberto Parreira wants World Cup to appease protestors

Parreira with head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari
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Brazil assistant coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has refused to get drawn into insulting iconic striker Ronaldo after the latter criticised the country's organisation of the World Cup and the problems facing the people on the street amid government-targetting protests.

The pair, who won the World Cup together in 1994 (albeit Ronaldo was an unused 17 year-old) have differing views on the build up to this year's tournament, but Parreira told reporters at Brazil's training camp: "Its a good experience for the parents."

"On the problems related to the World Cup or not, we came to a concensus that it is time to think only of the Selecao."

"We are pleased with the football structure. On the pitch we have the best of hearts, very good stadiums and big games."

Ronaldo, who is an ambassador for the World Cup, has recently said that he feels ashamed of the way Brazil has treated its people in the lead up to the competition, as the country witnesses protests on a regular basis, some of which have turned violent.

Many believe that it is wrong for Brazil to spend so much money on the hosting of a football tournament when the basic cost of living is rising in Brazilian cities.


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