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Video: FIFA warn Brazil over World Cup delays


11-27-2012 22:12 BJT

By CCTV correspondent Peter Koveos

Sticking with the beautiful game, FIFA has levelled a stern warning to the hosts of the 2014 World Cup. The Secretary General of the sport’s governing body says Brazil still faces major challenges regarding its infrastructure work., pointing specifically at transport and accommodation for the hundreds of thousands of fans that will attend the sports most important tournament.

Jerome Valcke travelled to Sao Paolo for the opening of Soccerex, a leading convention for the global football industry. But that was not his only piece business while in Brazil.

FIFA’s Secratary General is also in the South American country to get a further update on preparations for the event, and things don’t look good.

Jerome Valcke, FIFA Secretary General, said, "There’s a city that only has 17,000 hotel rooms although there are 45,000 seats in the stadium, so something there is not perfectly working. Even if you put three people in the same bed. That’s the only way you could manage it, because even with two to a bed, that wouldn’t be enough, we’d still have 10,000 peope with no bed. So we need to work with this city to understand how we can look after these people in that city, or the next city their team plays in."

Valcke sounded as if his patience is running thin with the constant delays.

Valcke said, "We’re not trying to fight any more as that doesn’t achieve anything. Unlike a couple, FIFA and the local organisation committee can’t divorce, we’re stuck together to the end. Sometimes you lose control and you say certain things or you get angry and anxious but you learn that in life, patience is good to have. And the most important thing is that we work well together."

Like a marriage that does turn sour, Valcke feels the biggest problem with FIFA the Brazilian organizing committees is that each side has different agendas.

He said, "We have the same aim, that’s the most important thing. Your aim is see Brazil win the World Cup. Our aim is that the World Cup is perfectly organised. And if Brazil win, congratulations."

Before Brazil can stage the World Cup, there is also the matter of hosting the Confederations Cup next year. FIFA says the six stadiums that will play host to those matches are apparently on track despite some minor delays.

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