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Brazil spat with FIFA brings uncertainty over WCup

By Tales Azzoni

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 4 2012 9:30 a.m. MST

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2012 file photo, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke speaks at a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil. The sports minister of Brazil announced at a Saturday March 3, 2012 news conference that they refuse to deal with with Valcke following his "unacceptable" criticism over the country's preparations for the 2014 World Cup. The minister called for FIFA to assign another official to work with the government. Valcke responded by calling the move juvenile.

Fabio Pozzebom, File, Associated Press

SAO PAULO — With the war of words between Brazil and FIFA intensifying, the country's preparations for the 2014 World Cup are increasingly in the spotlight.

The public fighting between the host country and football's governing body could further affect Brazil's preparedness for the tournament, as there are key matters yet to be solved.

The government still has to pass a key bill regulating the World Cup, and FIFA still has to approve two venues for next year's Confederations Cup.

In addition, it remains unclear how FIFA will react to Brazil's request to have FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke replaced as the person responsible for working with the government in the country's preparations.

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