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Brazil says Blatter apologizes over Valcke remarks

The Brazilian government says FIFA President Sepp Blatter has apologized for remarks made by Secretary General Jerome Valcke about the country’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup

AP, Tuesday 6 Mar 2012
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Blatter apologized in a letter to the government on Monday, a day after Valcke sent his own apology.

Organizers officially informed FIFA that it would no longer deal with Valcke after he said: “You have to push yourself, kick your (backside)” to speed up its preparations.

It remained unclear whether the government would accept the apologies and change its position regarding Valcke.

The government says Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo would first answer the letters from FIFA officials before making his decision public.

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