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FIFA slams Brazil on 2014 plans

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LONDON, March 3 (Reuters): FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke made a scathing attack on Brazil�s preparations for the 2014 World Cup on Friday, saying �not a lot is moving� and organisers needed �a kick up the backside�.

Valcke, who has continually raised concerns about the tournament, said time was running out and there was no �Plan B� in place.

Soccer�s ruling body is particularly concerned about transport and accommodation issues and the sluggish movement through Brazilian bureaucracy of World Cup laws relating to the sale of alcohol is also worrying FIFA.

�I don�t understand why things are not moving,� Valcke told reporters. �The stadiums are not on schedule any longer � and why are a lot of things late?

�The concern is nothing is made or prepared to receive so many people. I am sorry to say but things are not working in Brazil.

�You expect more support,� added Valcke who is in England for the annual meeting of the International Football Association Board, FIFA�s law-making body.

�We should have received these documents signed by 2007 and we are in 2012. You have to push yourself, get a kick up the backside and just deliver this World Cup.�

Valcke said the tournament would go ahead but warned the fans could suffer.

�There are not enough hotels,� he added. �You have more than enough in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro but if you think about Manaus you need more.

�Let�s say in Salvador you have England v Holland and you have 12 per cent of the stadium with English fans and 12 percent Dutch � that�s 24 per cent of 60,000 fans. Where are they all going to stay?

�The city is nice but the way to get to the stadium and all the organisation of transportation has to be improved.�

FIFA had initially planned to base teams in just one part of

Brazil to minimise travel but organisers explained matches had to be spread across the country. Valcke said that made for extra demands.

�We made the decision to move the teams and it means we were criticised,� said FIFA�s general secretary. �If you follow one team you will have to fly 8,000 km.

�We did it at the request of Brazil. Having supported the decision we have to ensure the fans and the media...will be able to follow their team.�

Valcke also said it appeared Brazil were more concerned with winning the World Cup than organising a good tournament.

�Our concern is nothing is made or prepared to receive so many people because the world wants to go to Brazil,� he added.

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FIFA slams Brazil on 2014 plans

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters): FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke made a scathing attack on Brazil�s preparations for the 2014 World Cup on Friday, saying �not a lot is moving� and organisers needed �a kick up the backside�.

Valcke, who has continually raised concerns about the tournament, said time was running out and there was no �Plan B� in place.

Soccer�s ruling body is particularly concerned about transport and accommodation issues and the sluggish movement through Brazilian bureaucracy of World Cup laws relating to the sale of alcohol is also worrying FIFA.

�I don�t understand why things are not moving,� Valcke told reporters. �The stadiums are not on schedule any longer � and why are a lot of things late?

�The concern is nothing is made or prepared to receive so many people. I am sorry to say but things are not working in Brazil.

�You expect more support,� added Valcke who is in England for the annual meeting of the International Football Association Board, FIFA�s law-making body.

�We should have received these documents signed by 2007 and we are in 2012. You have to push yourself, get a kick up the backside and just deliver this World Cup.�

Valcke said the tournament would go ahead but warned the fans could suffer.

�There are not enough hotels,� he added. �You have more than enough in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro but if you think about Manaus you need more.

�Let�s say in Salvador you have England v Holland and you have 12 per cent of the stadium with English fans and 12 percent Dutch � that�s 24 per cent of 60,000 fans. Where are they all going to stay?

�The city is nice but the way to get to the stadium and all the organisation of transportation has to be improved.�

FIFA had initially planned to base teams in just one part of

Brazil to minimise travel but organisers explained matches had to be spread across the country. Valcke said that made for extra demands.

�We made the decision to move the teams and it means we were criticised,� said FIFA�s general secretary. �If you follow one team you will have to fly 8,000 km.

�We did it at the request of Brazil. Having supported the decision we have to ensure the fans and the media...will be able to follow their team.�

Valcke also said it appeared Brazil were more concerned with winning the World Cup than organising a good tournament.

�Our concern is nothing is made or prepared to receive so many people because the world wants to go to Brazil,� he added.

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