Brazil’s Pele fears World Cup embarrassment

Pele has expressed concern over delays in the preparations for

the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, saying they could cause an

embarrassment for the country.

Pele said at a news conference Friday that Brazil has the

”obligation of staging a good World Cup but unfortunately

everything is delayed.”

He said Brazil is facing a ”big risk of being embarrassed”

because of delays in the modernization and renovation of Brazil’s

overcrowded and saturated airports, and concerns over some


He singled out the case of Sao Paulo, which was to host the

World Cup’s opening match but where construction of a new stadium

is behind schedule after FIFA ruled that the existing Morumbi venue

didn’t meet standards.