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Blatter to meet Brazilian president Rousseff

The slow progress in preparing for the 2014 World Cup worries FIFA

Reuters, Saturday 10 Mar 2012
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter will meet Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to clear the air after a top official's remarks about the country's slow progress in preparing for the 2014 World Cup caused an uproar.

Blatter wrote to Rousseff on Friday to schedule a date after Brazil's sports minister Aldo Rebelo confirmed the meeting would take place, FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, whose comments that Brazil's World Cup preparations were "not working" and that organisers needed "a kick up the backside," was due to visit South America next week.

Valcke's tour of construction sites in some World Cup host cities has been put back until Blatter and Rousseff have met, the FIFA statement added.

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