Fiji Time: 9:36 AM on Tuesday 30 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Brazil prepared too late: Blatter

Afp
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

PARIS - Brazil's continuing struggles to keep their World Cup organisation on schedule are a consequence of starting preparations too late, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sunday.

"Brazil has come to realise that they started too late. They are the country who are the most delayed (in terms of World Cup organisation) since I have been at FIFA," Blatter told Swiss newspaper 24 Hours.

"Yet they are the only country who have had such a long time — seven years — to prepare."

The World Cup will be staged from June 12 to July 13, but the build-up has been plagued by construction delays, spiralling costs as well as civil discontent at the money being spent on the tournament as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Last year's Confederations Cup, a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, was plagued by angry demonstrations, but Blatter believes this year's showpiece should pass off relatively peacefully.

"I am an optimist, not a pessimist. Football will be protected. I believe that Brazilians will not attack football directly. This is the sport's home, it's a religion," he said.

"But we know there will be new demonstrations, protests."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64110.6221
JPY 50.839947.8399
GBP 0.37450.3665
EUR 0.43990.4279
NZD 0.68580.6528
AUD 0.65370.6287
USD 0.49430.4773

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 30th August 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Ryan's big day
  2. 'Loud noise' panic
  3. Ryan's plan to return to Fiji
  4. 'No place like Fiji'
  5. Child crushed to death
  6. Probe into aircraft incident begins
  7. Teachers' role vital
  8. TELS board seeks prompt applications
  9. Interest rates to increase
  10. 85 land leases deposited

Top Stories this Week

  1. Mata signs new deal Sunday (28 Aug)
  2. Wong helps Rawaca get a gold medal Friday (26 Aug)
  3. 1 charged, 2 under probe for break-in Thursday (25 Aug)
  4. Veremalua gets help from Ryan on overseas contract Saturday (27 Aug)
  5. Violence stops TISI Sangam annual meeting Sunday (28 Aug)
  6. Ryan may return Friday (26 Aug)
  7. Kolinisau surprises fans with Macuata dialect Friday (26 Aug)
  8. Kauvesi clears the air Thursday (25 Aug)
  9. Boy, 4, dies in fire Thursday (25 Aug)
  10. A perfect birthday gift Wednesday (24 Aug)