Brazil federation refutes Blatter’s WCup criticism

The Brazilian soccer federation has refuted criticism from FIFA

President Sepp Blatter over delays in preparations for the 2014

World Cup, saying the country is on track to successfully host the

tournament.

Federation president Ricardo Teixeira says preparations are

going as planned, and is inviting Blatter to visit the country ”to

see the progress from up close.”

Blatter says Brazil’s project is ”not progressing very

quickly” and lags behind South Africa, which fell behind with its

construction schedule for last year’s tournament.

Teixeira says in a statement Tuesday that he was surprised to

hear the criticism because Blatter lauded the preparations after a

meeting with the local organizing committee in Zurich this

month.