Fifa rearranges Valcke visit to Brazil after 'kick up the ass' controversy

An apology from the football governing body was accepted by the Brazilian government, but a visit from the general secretary has been shelved until further notice
Fifa has confirmed that it has taken the decision to suspend the planned visit of Jerome Valcke to Brazil indefinitely, despite previously apologising for the general secretary's declaration that the country's World Cup 2014 preparations needed "a kick up the ass".

The world football governing body announced in a press release published on Friday that the secretary would not be arriving as planned in Brazil the coming Monday. No further information or dates for the visit were released, despite tensions between the two entities supposedly having eased after the country's Sports Ministry officially accepted an apology sent by Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Brazilian Minister for Sport Aldo Rebelo had led condemnations of Valcke, who is acting as the principal intermediary between the South American and Fifa as preparation work for the 2014 tournament continues. The Frenchman was referring to works being behind schedule across the cities that will host the tournament, but Rebelo condemned the official's choice of words and even demanded he be removed from the organisation efforts.

The minister explained in a press conference that he would meet personally with Blatter, although declining to give a date, and that until that encounter there would be no further interaction between Fifa and the World Cup Local Organising Committee.

"An audience will be scheduled for the coming weeks. We will meet then to further discuss issues related to successfully hosting the World Cup," he stated.

Valcke was expected to oversee stadium construction in the northern city of Recife during his visit, before moving to Brasilia where he would meet the rest of the Organising Committee.

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