FIFA concerned about Brazil violence but confident

A woman is pepper sprayed as residents of Pavao-Pavaozinho slum clash with riot police during a protest against the death of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira after his burial in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 24, 2014. The protest followed the burial of Pereira, whose shooting death sparked clashes Tuesday night between police and residents of the Pavao-Pavaozinho slum. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA is concerned about recent violence in Brazil less than two months before the country hosts the World Cup. But Marketing Director Thierry Weil says soccer's governing body is still confident that Brazil will stage "the biggest party on Earth."

A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence Tuesday after the killing of a popular local figure. Angry residents set fires and showered homemade explosives and bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone.

It was the latest violence to hit one of Rio's so-called "pacified" slums — poor areas that were long controlled by drug gangs.

Police began an ambitious program in 2008 to drive gangs from slums. It is part of Rio's security push ahead of the World Cup.

Weil spoke on Thursday.