Valcke issues Brazil apology
Tuesday, 6th March 2012 at 05:00am
Jerome Valcke, the secretary-general of football's governing body Fifa, has issued an apology and his comments about the 2014 finals hosts' preparations.
The 51-year-old Frenchman made the apology in a letter to the Sports Ministry of host nation Brazil.
Last week Valcke had criticized the speed at which things were taking in Brazil and said that the South Americans needed a "kick up the backside".
He also added that it appeared that Brazil appeared to be more concerned about winning the tournament rather than hosting it and organizing it.
Officials in Brazil labled the Frenchman's comments as "unacceptable", and are now refusing to deal with Valcke in the run up to the 2014 finals.
Aldo Rebelo, the Brazilian Sports Minister, announced that Fifa should appoint someone else to liase with Brazil ahead of the tournament.
Rebelo has also so far refused to respond to Valcke's letter.