FIFA receives guarantees from Brazil

Brazil reassured FIFA on Friday it will fulfill its commitments related to preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter also said he had a ”good meeting” with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.


He added he will deal with the problem involving the Brazilian government and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, who was in charge of working with the government.

The meeting came two weeks after Valcke made harsh remarks about Brazil’s slow preparations for the tournament.

Pele and Ronaldo also joined Blatter and Rousseff in the nation’s capital. Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, who threatened to cut the country’s ties with Valcke, also attended. Pele is a World Cup ambassador, while Ronaldo is a member of the local organizing committee.

”It was a good meeting because it gave me an opportunity, and (an opportunity) to the president, to exchange some points of views on this World Cup,” Blatter said. ”I’m happy with the outcome of this meeting. You will see a smiling FIFA president and we are looking forward to a very good organization here.”

The Brazilian government also said it was satisfied with the meeting that lasted a little over an hour.

”The meeting with Dilma was constructive,” Rebelo said. ”It reaffirmed the common goal of Brazil and FIFA to host a great World Cup, to work together with harmony and cooperation.”

Blatter said he was happy to hear from the government that it remains committed to fulfilling the guarantees promised to FIFA.

”The president has said that there is no doubt that the government of Brazil will implement all guarantees that have been given to FIFA by the government before she entered into office.

”The government will fulfill the requirements and guarantees given, and I trust Brazil,” he said.