3 Mar 2012

Fifa takes a shot at Brazils preparations for World Cup

2:11 pm on 3 March 2012

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has made a scathing attack on Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup, saying not a lot is moving and organisers needed a kick up the backside.

Valcke, who has continually raised concerns about the tournament, says time is running out and there is no "Plan B" in place.

However, Brazil's sports minister Aldo Rebelo has hit back, saying his priority is for native Indians and low-income families to be able to go to matches, while FIFA wanted to make a profit.

Soccer's ruling body is particularly concerned about transport and accommodation issues and the sluggish movement through Brazilian bureaucracy of World Cup laws relating to the sale of alcohol is also worrying FIFA.

Brazil was awarded the World Cup in 2007 although the decision had been on the cards since 2003 when the other nine South American federations agreed to support the country as their only candidate.