European football chiefs, including Uefa boss Michel Platini, were caught in a 135-mile traffic jam on Thursday after more than 10,000 homeless Brazilians hit the streets of Sao Paulo to protest against what they perceive as wasteful World Cup spending.
Just a week before the World Cup starts, 12,000 people marched on the Arena Corinthians in the city to protest against the authority’s decision to spend £300 million on upgrading the stadium.
The protest ran parallel to a strike carried out by those that work on the city’s metro and these led to a complete shut-down of the transport system in Brazil’s largest city.
As a result, record levels of traffic were seen in Sao Paulo and Platini as well as a number of other Uefa delegates were among those delayed.
According to reports, it took Platini and his delegation nearly three hours to reach their hotel.
The demonstration represented further embarrassment for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who just two days ago responded to criticism by Fifa by saying that the country “was ready” to host the global event and that street protests would not affect the tournament which is due to begin in Sao Paolo on the 12 June.
It will also be a major worry for organisers in Sao Paulo.
With the metro system being the main transport link connecting the Corinthians stadium to the rest of the city, it is feared that similar strikes and protests could make the opening match of the tournament between Croatia and hosts Brazil vulnerable to disruption.
The protest is yet another example of public outcry that has beset Brazil’s major cities over the past year.
Much of the Brazilian population are angry at the government’s decision to spend 6.5 billion on a sporting event when many in the country are unable to access decent health, transport and educational services.
In pictures: Protests against the World Cup 2014 in Brazil
In pictures: Protests against the World Cup 2014 in Brazil
A member of the Homeless Workers Movement carries a Brazilian flag past burning tires during a protest against the money spent on the World Cup near Itaquerao stadium which will host the international soccer tournament's first match in Sao Paulo
Members of Brazil's Homeless Workers' Movement (MTST), who are living at the "People's World Cup Camp" which houses some 2,800 families of the movement in the district of Itaquera near Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium, Arena de Sao Paulo, block a road during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo
Protesters in Sao Paulo, the country's biggest city, had blocked a major thoroughfare with burning tires and disrupted commutes elsewhere. The banner reads "Urban resistance"
Protesters burn tyres as they demonstrate against the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 outside the Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo
Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo
Black Bloc protesters Group clash with policemen during a protest against the World Cup in Sao Paulo
Hundreds of demonstrators protest against money spent on the World Cup preparations in Sao Paulo
Protests are taking place in various cities of the country and questioned the high spending on construction of stadiums and fight for better conditions and budget for health and education
People burn the national flag as they take part in the "International Day of World Cup Resistance" protest against the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 along the streets of Sao Paulo
Brazilians are angry at the billions spent to host the World Cup, much of it on 12 ornate football stadiums, one-third of which critics say will see little use after the big event
A man shouts slogan during the protest in Sao Paulo
Members of the Workers Without a Roof Movement (MTST) protest near the Arena Corinthians stadium against the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 in Sao Paulo. The Arena Corinthians will host the opening match of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 between Brazil and Croatia
View of the illegal camp known as 'Copa del Pueblo' (People's Cup) set 4 kilometers from Arena Corinthians stadium two weeks ago by members of the group Movement of Workers Without Roof, who protest against the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 outside that stadium in Sao Paulo
People gather to protest against the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil faced a test of its security preparations for the World Cup as demonstrators disgusted at the tournament's price tag called widespread protests. Ongoing strikes by police and teachers and the threat of a nationwide strike by federal police also raised fears of chaos with just few weeks to go until football's biggest global spectacle
A man carries a doll of Fuleco, the FIFA World Cup 2014 mascot during a rally to protest against the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 in Rio de Janeiro
An anti-government demonstrator dressed as comic book character Batman sits atop a monument of former slave Zumbi dos Palmares during a protest against 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
An anti-government demonstrator holds a banner atop a monument of former slave Zumbi dos Palmares during a protest against 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
Tear gas disperses demonstrators at a protest against the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
Black Bloc protesters Group clash with policemen during a protest against the World Cup on the evening in Sao Paulo
Demonstrators hold a banner 'FIFA go home' as they protest against the World Cup FIFA soccer in Sao Paulo
So far heavy handed policing has been used as a tool to suppress these large public protests.
However, this has been condoned by a number of groups including Amnesty International and the Catholic Church.
This comes after a week where the Catholic Church joined the debate over Brazil’s World Cup spending.
In a statement released by the Catholic Bishops Conference, they said that they supported the Brazilian people’s right to protest, while expressing concern over what they saw as an “inversion of priorities in the use of public money.”
He statement said: “The church wants to contribute to the public debate and express its concern with . . . the inversion of priorities in the use of public money that should go to health, education, basic sanitation, transportation and security.”Reuse content