Spotlight moves away from WCup as Brazil grieves

By Drum Digital
29 January 2013

The 500-day mark to the 2014 World Cup arrived Monday with FIFA President Sepp Blatter leaving football matters aside and offering support to Brazilians mourning the death of more than 230 people in nightclub fire a day earlier.

The focus moved away from Brazil's preparations for the upcoming Confederations Cup and football's showcase event as the tragedy in the southern city of Santa Maria continued to make all the headlines across the country.

Blatter sent a letter to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff saying "the football family is thinking of the Brazilian people at this sad time" and that "our game is here to support people who are suffering through the hope and positive emotions it brings with it, and to carry them through these dark days."

-by Sapa

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