Brazil’s Pele fears World Cup embarrassment

Football legend 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 supposed to host

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

stadium is way behind schedule after FIFA ruled that the existing

Morumbi venue didn’t meet standards.