Published : 2013-03-20 19:49
Updated : 2013-03-20 19:49
ZURICH (AP) ― FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes 2014 World Cup host Brazil will have the stadiums and infrastructure ready despite construction delays.
So far, only two of six stadiums are ready for the Confederations Cup in June. The iconic Maracana in Rio de Janeiro has a deadline of April 27.
“It’s all a question of trust and confidence,” Blatter said Tuesday after a meeting of FIFA’s World Cup organizing committee.
FIFA has faith in Brazilian soccer and government authorities, Blatter said.
“They will be ready because it is the World Cup and no one can afford not to be ready for the World Cup,” he said.
After the committee session, Jerome Valcke met with Brazil sports minister Aldo Rebelo. He plans to join Blatter in touring the 12 World Cup host cities during the FIFA president’s visit for the Confederations Cup in late June.