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article imageBrazil to boycott FIFA's Jerome Valcke after 'unacceptable slur'

By Kev Hedges     Mar 3, 2012 in Sports
Brazil has washed its hands of the secretary-general of football's world governing body, Fifa, following his "unacceptable" comments about preparations for the 2014 World Cup.
Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo is clearly fuming at a remark made by Valcke where he suggested the South American nation "needs a good kick up the back-side". The remark was aimed at Brazil's lack of planning and organisational commitment since winning the right to host the 2014 finals.
Valcke believes more effort was made in trying to win the vote to host than is now being applied in getting the country ready to host the tournament.
In a BBC report, the Sports Minister has said Mr Valcke's comments were "inappropriate" and would no longer welcome him to the country. Rebelo fumed:
In light of these statements, which are inadequate and unacceptable comments for any type of relationship, the Brazilian government is going to send a letter to Blatter telling him it no longer accepts Secretary-General Valcke as an interlocutor
Brazil believe Fifa are more than happy with arrangements and preparations the country has made in getting ready for the finals due to be held in 28 months from now. Brazil has said it would happily work with other Fifa organisers but not Mr Valcke. The secretary-general said of the situation:
I don't understand why things are not moving. The concern is that nothing is made or prepared to receive so many people, because the world wants to go to Brazil. I am sorry to say but things are not working in Brazil.
The football-loving nation will host not only the World Cup in 2014 but the Olympics two years later in 2016.
A lifting on alcohol sales in the grounds is being considered by the Brazilian parliament as well as a limit to discount ticket sales to students and pensioners.
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