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SBD Global/January 7, 2014/International Football
FIFA President Sepp Blatter Criticizes Brazil's Preparation As Host Of 2014 World Cup
Published January 7, 2014
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BLATTER TRUSTS BRAZIL: BLOOMBERG's Ben Priechenfried reported Brazil is spending $3.4B on "construction of the stadiums for the month-long tournament." Since June, protests "marred the build-up to the competition as demonstrators argued that the public funds would be better spent on education and health services." Blatter said that "even though such protests may continue, he doesn't expect the tournament to be affected." Blatter: "I think the Brazilians won't directly attack football. It's the sport's home. It's a religion" (BLOOMBERG, 1/6). The AP reported Rousseff said, "We love football and because of this we will host the World Cup with pride." Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said that the 12 stadiums "will be ready on time." Rebelo said in an email, "The search for revenue for the event, the biggest of any World Cup, shows that fans throughout the world believe that the 2014 World Cup will be the best of all that have been held" (AP, 1/6).