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Blatter unhappy with Brazil progress

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has vented his frustration with the lack of progress in Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup in 2014.

The head of the governing body for world football has been highly critical of the speed of progress in South America, with the construction of stadiums, transport infrastructure and hotels running behind schedule.

The 76-year-old’s comments come just weeks after FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke was criticised for stating that Brazil needed a ‘kick up the backside’ to get everything ready on time.

On Thursday, Brazil’s lower house passed the much-anticipated World Cup bill, but Blatter admitted that he has grown tired of the saga.

“At least the World Cup bill has been passed,” Blatter said on Friday.

“Now it is up to them. We want actions – not just more words.”

Meanwhile, Valcke admitted that fans and members of the press may have to seek accommodation in cities close to where the matches will be held if hotel demands exceed the limits.

But Blatter remained confident that would not turn fans away from flocking to the tournament.

“I am optimistic. There are always problems with hotels, the situation is not perfect,” he said.

“It was the same in South Africa in certain cities. But this is not going to prevent supporters from going to Brazil.”

Fri 30 March, 2012
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