FIFA worried by Brazil World Cup preparations

Updated: 24 June 2011 13:38 IST

FIFA has expressed concern over the slow pace of Brazil's preparations for hosting the 2014 World Cup.

Moscow :

FIFA has expressed concern over the slow pace of Brazil's preparations for hosting the 2014 World Cup.

Speaking Friday at the World Football Forum in Moscow, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke lamented that Brazil put more value into winning the hosting rights than organizing the event.

He said "we don't have stadiums, we don't have airports" and it was looking increasingly likely that some facilities, including Rio de Janeir's iconic Maracana stadium, would only be ready with a few weeks to spare.

It was Valcke's first public appearance since FIFA exonerated him of wrongoing for saying Qatar had "bought" the 2022 World Cup hosting rights.

Topics : Football Mexico South Africa Republic of Ireland France Federation Internationale de Football Association
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