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Rousseff, Blatter booed at stadium

SAO PAULO — In a joyous scene at Itaquerão Stadium, Brazilians briefly made their displeasure known.

Late in the opening ceremony before the first match of the World Cup yesterday, fans loudly chanted and booed at Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and the head of soccer’s governing body, FIFA, Joseph Blatter.

Chants against Rousseff were strong but localized in some areas of the stadium.

They started at the VIP box and quickly spread to the rest of the stadium, local newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo reporters.

The booing didn’t last long but repeated itself after the national anthem was played.

A second wave of anti-Dilma sentiment emerged after Brazil’s second goal, when the president appeared on the stadium TV network celebrating the national team’s strike.

The Brazilian leader, who will seek re-election in October, had faced similar hostility during a Brazil-Japan match that opened the Confederations Cup last year.

A wave of massive anti-government protests, that lasted around a month, took over the country’s largest cities as the warm-up tournament was played last year .

Herald with AP, online media

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