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FIFA delays 2014 inspection trip to Brazil

FIFA has postponed a planned 2014 World Cup inspection trip to Brazil next week by its top administrator Jerome Valcke, who sparked anger there by criticizing delays in preparations

AFP, Friday 9 Mar 2012
Maracana Stadium
azil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo visits the Maracana Stadium renovations for the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro (Photo: REUTERS)
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The governing body says FIFA President Sepp Blatter will first visit Brazil and meet with President Dilma Rousseff.

Blatter wrote to Rousseff on Friday, and has requested a meeting in Brazil next week.

FIFA says Valcke will resume his scheduled tour of 2014 host cities after the presidents meet.

Valcke planned to join former Brazil playing greats Ronaldo and Bebeto in Recife, Brasilia and Cuiaba on the second of six tours this year.

He angered Brazil last Friday, saying: “You have to push yourself, kick your (backside)” when asked in England about World Cup problems.

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