FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, has expressed his dissatisfaction with Brazil in their preparations for the 2014 World Cup, saying that no previous host country has “been so far behind in its preparation”.
Despite a glorious World Cup draw and the successful Confederations Cup where Brazil legend Ronaldo de Lima promised Brazil will host “greatest World Cup of all time”, Sepp Blatter was furious with Brazil’s current delays.
Six of the 12 host stadiums failed to meet FIFA’s December 31 deadline, while work on hotels, airports and roads have also been affected by delays.
“No country has been so far behind in its preparations since I have been at FIFA even though it is the only host nation which has had so much time – seven years – in which to prepare,” Blatter told Swiss newspaper 24 Heures.
Blatter, who admitted in December that despite the massive protests and the delays there is “no plan B” to Brazil, is concerned that the host “has started work much too late”.
Three of Brazil’s stadium are not likely to be finished until April, including the Itaquera Arena in Sao Paulo, which will host the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12.
Blatter also expects to see more protests happening but that this protests will be in a more organised manner then during the Confederations Cup. However, he is not worried about the safety of football, because it’s a religion for Brazilians.
"I am an optimist not a pessimist. So I am not worried," Blatter said.
"But we do know there will again be manifestations, protests. Those during the Confederations Cup - in this same country - were generated out of the social networks.
"There was no specific goal but during the World Cup the protests will perhaps be more concrete, more organised.
“But I also believe the football will be safe, I do not believe that Brazilians will attack the football directly. For them, it's a religion."
Blatter also dropped another hint that he may change his mind and stand again for the FIFA presidency in 2015.
"I cannot answer with a yes or a no but simply state that I do not feel tired enough to say that I will not stand," Blatter said.
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