So not a war zone then?
There have been outbreaks of violence around Brazil ahead of the summer’s big event and that has raised concerns around the safety of visiting teams and fans.
But these comments from Rebelo will do nothing to reassure.
He told The Times: “We all have our tragedies and challenges, serious problems relating to security.
“I don’t think the English will confront greater threats in Manaus than in the Iraqi provinces or Afghanistan, where they recently lost hundreds of young soldiers.
“There is day-to-day civil violence… but we are taking precautions.”
He then made another reference to the Iraq war, this time criticising Roy Hodgson for wanting to avoid the energy-sapping heat of Manaus.
He said: “The English got used to hot temperatures during the colonial era —and the Iraq war.”
It amazes us that Rebelo can make such bold comparisons. Players, coaches and fans are not travelling to Brazil for a war, they want a good time – a fact lost on the minister.
Read the full interview with The Times.