Brazil request Valcke’s removal from World Cup negotiations

March 4th, 2012 - 4:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Rio de Janeiro, March 4 (IANS) A day after being criticised by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said he would seek his removal from further participation in the 2014 World Cup.

According to Rebelo, Valcke’s statements were unacceptable and blatantly mean. Attacking Brazil and its preparations for the 2014 World Cup, Valcke said that things were not going as planned.

Additionally, Valcke said that it appears that construction is not taking place and is close to a standstill.

Finally, the secretary general said that the organizers of the 2014 World Cup need to be kicked to take things seriously, Xinhua reported.

Rebelo claims that Valcke’s statements are unfounded, untrue and offensive. For this reason, Rebelo and the Brazilian ministry of sports are looking to have Valcke released from his duties as negotiator between FIFA and the Brazilian government.

They are currently preparing an official petition to FIFA, detailing the resentment and hard feelings created by Valcke’s comments in hopes of achieving the secretary general’s removal from the negotiations.

Valcke is expected to arrive in Brazil next week in to continue his inspections of stadium construction throughout the country, visiting Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Cuiaba, Manaus and Natal.

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