Valcke in Brazil 2014 World Cup infrastructure warning

Will Smale – BBC, 11/16/2012

All 12 stadiums across Brazil will be ready for the 2014 World Cup, Fifa’s general secretary has said.

But Jerome Valcke told the Soccerex convention in Rio that the vital wider infrastructure work was lagging behind.

Mr Valcke, overseeing progress on delivering the World Cup in Brazil, has highlighted a lack of hotels for the estimated 500,000 overseas visitors.

He also said that Fifa and the Brazilian football authorities now had a much better relationship.

Mr Valcke has angered Brazilian officials in the past by suggesting that the stadiums would not be ready.

Now he believes the risk of delay has moved on to such matters as the necessary number of hotels and vital improvements to airports and public transport.

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