Fifa’s Jérôme Valcke on Brazil World Cup: We are not ready

2014-04-03 08:45

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Fifa secretary-general Jérôme Valcke has again raised concerns over Brazil’s World Cup preparations, saying that the stadium for the opening game is one of two venues that worry him the most.

Just two months before the showpiece tournament starts, Valcke said at a joint Fifa-Confederation of African Football conference in South Africa yesterday that the stadiums in São Paulo, where the opening game will be played on June 12, and Porto Alegre in the south were “where we have more work to do than in the other 10”.

A construction worker died at São Paulo’s Itaquerao Stadium on Saturday, temporarily halting some work.

Asked to describe Brazil’s status, Valcke said: “If you want me to summarise ... we are not ready.”

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