Sao Paulo - Brazil's sports minister has
criticised "unacceptable" comments by FIFA Secretary General Jerome
Valcke over the country's preparations for the 2014 Soccer World Cup and said
the government does not want to deal with him anymore.
Rebelo said on Saturday that Valcke's words were inappropriate and he wants
FIFA to assign someone else to work with the government in matters
related to the 2013 Confederations Cup and the World Cup.
said Friday he had serious concerns about Brazil's preparations and that
the country appeared more concerned about winning the tournament than
making it ready for fans.
Valcke said that "things are not
working in Brazil" and that "not a lot is moving" with just two years
left before the tournament. Valcke sent a blunt message to Brazil: "You
have to push yourself, kick your (backside) and just deliver this World
Rebelo said he understands Valcke will keep his duties as
FIFA's secretary general and will continue to work closely with local
organizers, but from now on the Brazilian government will not welcome
him when he comes to the country.
He said Valcke's comments contradict FIFA's own evaluation of the country's preparations after a visit in January.
"The secretary general made an evaluation that does not correspond to the facts or the reality," Rebelo said.