FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has apologized to Brazil's minister of sports for a "misinterpretation in the translation" of his comment saying the country needs a "kick up the backside" to be ready in time for the 2014 World Cup.
Brazil demanded Saturday that FIFA assign a new representative to work with it as it gears up for the 2014 World Cup after Secretary General Jerome Valcke said the country needs a "kick up the backside" to be ready in time.
South Africa will be ready for the World Cup in 2010 and, as much as is necessary, will be ready for the Confederations Cup this June. How South Africa will cope is, of course, another matter entirely.
FIFA's decision to drop Port Elizabeth as a venue for the Confederations Cup next year is, on the surface, far from a cause for crisis. But given the negativity pervading South Africa's preparations to host the 2010 World Cup, it does come as an embarrassment.