BRAZIL PREPARED ‘TOO LATE’ FOR WORLD CUP, BLASTS BLATTER

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PARIS: Brazil’s continuing struggles to keep their World Cup organization on schedule are a consequence of starting preparations too late, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sunday. “Brazil has come to realize that they started too late. They are the country who are the most delayed (in terms of World Cup organization) since I have been at FIFA,” Blatter told Swiss newspaper 24 Hours. “Yet they are the only country who have had such a long time — seven years — to prepare.” The World Cup will be staged from June 12 to July 13, but the build-up has been plagued by construction delays, spiralling costs as well as civil discontent at the money being spent on the tournament as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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