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FIFA: We've 'Been Through Hell' with Brazil's World Cup Preparations

  • AFP, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:32 PM

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke admits that FIFA has “been through hell” over this summer’s World Cup, thanks in large part to Brazil’s politicians. Speaking at an event in Lausanne on Tuesday, Valcke said: "In Brazil there are certain politicians who are against the World Cup, and the fact is that we've been through hell, essentially because in Brazil you have three political levels and there has been a change -- there was an election and we're not necessarily talking with the same people (as before) -- it was difficult to keep repeating the same message," he said.

"It's not FIFA that is organizing the World Cup in Brazil but Brazil which is organizing the World Cup in 12 towns,” he added. “We're supporting Brazil to ensure that it's a success because the whole of FIFA is based around the success of the World Cup. If the World Cup is a failure then we, FIFA, are in trouble."

Valcke noted that one of the main concerns has been consistent delays to the completion of the country’s stadiums. FIFA initially set a deadline of December to have of the World Cup stadiums built, but this has been forced to be extended as several stadiums simply weren’t completed. "We should have received the stadiums in December, we'll receive them on May 15,” the Frenchman added. "It's a little bit later than expected but we know how to adapt." He warned Russia that such leniency would not be tolerated for the 2018 tournament.

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