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.