RIO DE JANEIRO: President Dilma Rousseff did not attend the Confederations Cup Final even though she had previously indicated a wish to be in Maracana if Brazil made it writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

Government sources indicated that a combination of the street protests plus the jeers to which she was subjected at the Opening Match had persuaded Rousseff to stay away.

Rousseff has been advised that her presence might only inflame the situation on the streets despite her emollient words over the past week which have included the promise of a plebiscite on reform.

A new poll has reported that her popularity is continuing to plummet while the economy has taken a further blow with the heaviest stock prices fall for five years.

She did, however, send the team a congratulatory message after the 3-0 victory over Spain.

Rousseff said: “On this historic day for Brazilian football, I want to send my congratulations to all the players and technical staff of our national football team for its title of four-time champion of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

“Throughout their remarkable campaign, our athletes have shown joy, creativity, team spirit and unity that have won over all Brazilians, and have given the world a great spectacle. I join all Brazilians today in celebrating this great victory.”