Brazil blasted by Blatter

Sepp Blatter has taken a swipe at World Cup hosts Brazil and said no previous host country has been so far behind in its preparations.

Last Updated: 06/01/14 at 10:12 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  World Cup Request a bet. Click here to bet.

Sepp Blatter: Criticised Brazil

Sepp Blatter: Criticised Brazil

Six of the 12 host stadia have failed to meet the December 31 deadline while delays have also affected work on hotels, airports and roads.

FIFA president Blatter pointed out that Brazil has had seven years since it was awarded the tournament - previous hosts only had six years or even less time.

Asked if World Cup hosts realised the scale of work involved, the FIFA president told Swiss newspaper 24 Heures: "No. Brazil has just found out what it means and has started work much too late.

"No country has been so far behind in preparations since I have been at FIFA even though it is the only host nation which has had so much time - seven years - in which to prepare."

Even South Africa, which is much less wealthy than Brazil and had to build all its 2010 venues from scratch, were more prepared.

Work on three stadia in Brazil is likely to go on until the middle of April, just a few weeks before the start of the tournament on June 12, but Blatter admitted early in December that there is "no plan B".

This includes the Itaquera Arena in Sao Paulo which will host the opening ceremony and match of the finals between Brazil and Croatia. It has suffered one problem after another, culminating in the death of two workers in November.

The Brazilian government announced it would be completed in February, only for - a day later - FIFA to confirm another deadline of April 15.

Blatter also conceded that he expected there to be more of the protests that dominated last summer's Confederations Cup.

He added: "I am an optimist not a pessimist. So I am not worried. But we do know there will be again be manifestations, protests. Those during the Confederations Cup - in this same country - were generated out of the social networks.

"There was no specific goal but during the World Cup the protests will perhaps be more concrete, more organised. But I also believe the football will be safe, I do not believe that Brazilians will attack the football directly. For them, it's a religion."

Blatter also dropped another hint that he may change his mind and stand again for the FIFA presidency in 2015.

He said: "I cannot answer with a yes or a no but simply state that I do not feel tired enough to say that I will not stand."

Bet with SkyBet  World Cup Request a bet. Click here to bet.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Tony Pulis hails Crystal Palace after win over Everton

Tony Pulis hailed his Crystal Palace players after they beat Everton to reach 40 points in the Premier League.

Premier League: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini vows to fight despite Sunderland draw

Manuel Pellegrini admitted the loss to Liverpool was still on Manchester City's minds as they drew with Sunderland.

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona to win the cup final 2-1

Gareth Bale's brilliant goal five minutes from time gave Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property