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FIFA says tear gas could stop World Cup matches

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2013 at 5:53 pm •  Published: July 1, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — World Cup matches in Brazil next year will be stopped if tear gas from protests outside stadiums affects players.

The Confederations Cup, which serves as a test event for the 2014 World Cup, witnessed clashes between anti-government protesters and police outside some stadiums.

FIFA won't tell the security officials to avoid a repeat of scenes where police were using rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas close to stadiums.

Tear gas wafted into some Confederations Cup games, with reports that members of the Brazil team were affected during its 3-0 victory over Spain in Sunday's final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.