FIFA shunned by Brazil

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Brazil's sports minister Aldo Rebelo has said his country will no longer deal with Fifa's secretary general Jerome Valcke following his less than bullish comments about the organisation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Valcke angered Rebelo after he deemed Brazil needed a " kick up the backside" and suggested the South American nation was more worried about winning the tournament than organising a good World Cup. " In light of these statements, which are inadequate and unacceptable comments for any type of relationship, the Brazilian government is going to send a letter to Blatter telling him it no longer accepts secretary–general Valcke as an interlocutor, " Rebelo said. Valcke replied by calling Rebelo's reaction " a little puerile" . Concerns have long been simmering over Brazil's preparation for its first FIFA World Cup since 1950, with several stadiums, hotels, roads and other basic infrastructure running badly behind schedule. Valcke pulled no punches when he gave an assessment of the situation at the beginning of March 2012. " I don't understand why things are not moving. The stadiums are not on schedule any more and why are a lot of things late? " he asked. " In 2014 we will have a World Cup. The concern is nothing is made or prepared to receive so many people because the world wants to go to Brazil. I am sorry to say but things are not working in Brazil. You expect more support – there are these endless discussions about the World Cup bill. We should have received these documents signed by 2007 and we are in 2012. You have to push yourself, kick your backside and just deliver this World Cup and that is what we will do. " Valckes comments came after FIFA and 2014 World Cup organisers suffered another blow in their efforts to secure the all–important law governing the tournament after voting on the bill was delayed once again. The law has suffered repeated delays, frustrating world footballs governing body, and a Brazilian congressional commission has now stated that it wont be the subject of a vote until 6 March 2012. Meanwhile, two companies have been given the go–ahead to proceed to the second phase of goal–line technology testing following a decision by the International Football Association. Goalref and Hawkeye will now undergo further examination over the next few months to test their accuracy in simulated match conditions. Fifa president Sepp Blatter was initially opposed to the new initiative but reopened the file on goal–line technology following Frank Lampard's controversial disallowed goal against Germany in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. If testing is successful, goal–line technology could be introduced widely in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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