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Brazil World Cup needs 'kick up backside': FIFA

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02 Mar 2012 19:16:58

Brazil World Cup needs 'kick up backside': FIFA

Brazil's faltering organisation of the 2014 World Cup came under fire from FIFA on Friday as the frustrated world governing body said things were just not working in the South American country.

FIFA's secretary general Jerome Valcke even suggested that organisers needed a "kick up the a(expletive)", even though there was no question of Brazil being stripped of the event.

"I don't understand why things are not moving. The stadiums are not on schedule any more and why are a lot of things late?" asked Valcke.

"In 2014 we will have a World Cup. The concern is 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. You expect more support -- there are these endless discussions about the World Cup bill. We should have received these documents signed by 2007 and we are in 2012.

"You have to push yourself, kick your arse and just deliver this World Cup and that is what we will do."

He added: "You don't have enough hotels everywhere. You have more than enough in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but if you think about Manaus, you need more."

Valcke also suggested the priority in Brazil was to win the tournament rather than organise a good World Cup.


AFP

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