BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Japan's footballers are leaving Brazil disappointed by their early exit from the Confederations Cup, and saddened by the extent of public anger towards the government.
Ahead of Japan's final match against Mexico, coach Alberto Zaccheroni urged Brazil's government to listen to demonstrators demanding an end to corruption and better investment in public services.
Through a translator, Zaccheroni says "my whole team is very sorry to see that there is a lot of tension at the moment because this means there is dissatisfaction ... this is not good for society."
Saturday's game is in Belo Horizonte — one of many cities to witness anti-government protests in the last week.
Zaccheroni hopes "decision makers can intervene in the right way so as to be able to obtain collaboration and restore the balance."