FIFA president Sepp Blatter is trying to schedule a trip to Brazil to speak at a public hearing about a controversial World Cup bill FIFA wants approved as soon as possible.
The Brazilian senate invited Blatter, but FIFA initially said it would send secretary general Jerome Valcke to talk to the congressional commissions debating the bill. Senators last week rejected Valcke’s visit and said they would only talk to Blatter.
Soccer’s governing body said Tuesday that FIFA’s president told the senate he will try to attend to discuss the bill, which would give FIFA all of the needed guarantees to organize soccer’s showcase event.
Reuters/Chicago Tribune, 03/14/2012
Brazil's soccer legend Pele acknowledges the crowd before the 2012 African Cup of Nations semi-final soccer match between Ivory Coast and Mali in Libreville (THOMAS MUKOYA, REUTERS / February 8, 2012)
Pele will join Friday’s clear-the-air meeting between FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, soccer’s world governing body said on Wednesday.
Blatter will travel to Brasilia to try to patch up differences after FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke infuriated the Brazilians by saying organisers needed “a kick up the backside” over slow preparations.
“I am very pleased that the legendary Pele will join us for this important meeting”, said Blatter in a statement