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Nov 13, 2013

Australia fear World Cup protests

Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop has raised concerns about security heading into next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Australia was one of the first countries to book its passage into next year’s tournament but civil unrest is threatening to boil over at Brazil’s showpiece event.

Protests marred this year’s Confederations Cup while the police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds before the Socceroos’ friendly 6-1 loss to the home nation.

"There clearly are some concerns and that's why we've already retained local people to help us plan for that," Gallop told Australian Associated Press.

"We're already well advanced with our planning around the tournament.

"We've engaged local people in Brazil as well as our own staff who have been through World Cups before.

"It's certainly going to throw up some challenges and we need to make sure that things are run as smoothly from our end as possible."

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