FIFA reassures Brazilians angry over hosting of World Cup that they’ll still host the World Cup

FIFA has finally responded to the massive protests that have rocked Brazil in the wake of the nation spending $3 billion on facilities for hosting next year’s World Cup. (Among other things.) And the world soccer body’s message is: Don’t worry, you’re still going to get to host the World Cup!

“The World Cup will be held in Brazil,” [FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke] told BBC Sport.

“The first game will happen in Sao Paulo, the final will be in Rio. There is no plan B.” …

“But the most important thing for us is to detach the World Cup or the Confederations Cup from these problems. We are not the answer to all problems and we are definitely not the reason for such a crisis. We are just part of what Brazil is doing for the next 20 years.”

Valcke then went on to praise Neymar. But not for his Instagram messages.


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