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Brazil refuses to work with FIFA secretary general

By Shasta Darlington, CNN
updated 5:40 PM EST, Sat March 3, 2012
Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo (pictured) wants FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to be replaced
Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo (pictured) wants FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to be replaced
  • A Brazilian official calls Secretary General Valcke's comment offensive
  • Valcke said the country needs a "kick up the backside"
  • Brazil is working with FIFA as it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup

Sao Paulo, Brazil (CNN) -- Brazil demanded Saturday that FIFA assign a new representative to work with it as it gears up for the 2014 World Cup after Secretary General Jerome Valcke said the country needs a "kick up the backside" to be ready in time.

"The government can no longer accept the secretary general as interlocutor," Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said in a press conference, calling Valcke's comments offensive and unacceptable.

On Friday, Valcke again criticized Brazil's progress, saying the country is more worried about winning the World Cup that preparing for it. FIFA has repeatedly voiced its concern that stadiums and other infrastructure like airports are not being built quickly enough.

On Saturday, Rebelo said Valcke's comments also were contradictory, given that during a recent visit he had praised the pace of construction at stadium sites.

This week, a congressional commission delayed yet again voting on a World Cup bill that FIFA says it needs to organize the event.

Among other issues, Brazilian lawmakers have balked at approving the sale of beer at games, something that is currently illegal in the country.

Valcke and a large team of FIFA representatives are due to visit Brazil next week.

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