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FOOTBALL: FIFA president critical of Brazil's World Cup preparations

Published:Monday | January 6, 2014

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has accused Brazil of being badly prepared with five months to go before it hosts this year's World Cup.

Six of the host nation's 12 stadiums have failed to meet FIFA's December 31 completion deadline.

Three workers have been killed in recent accidents at stadiums in Sao Paulo and Manaus.

Blatter told a Swiss newspaper that no country has been so far behind in preparations since his involvement at FIFA.

The 77-year-old has worked for FIFA since 1975, becoming president in 1998.

Brazil got seven years to prepare for the 2014 World Cup.

The tournament opens on June 12 when the host nation face Croatia in Sao Paulo's Arena Corinthians, where two workers died when a crane collapsed on to part of the roof on November 27.

That accident delayed the stadium's completion date by several months, and it is not expected to be ready until mid-April.

Construction problems and public protests about the financial costs of hosting the World Cup have beset Brazil's preparations for the tournament.

Brazil – which last hosted the World Cup in 1950 – was awarded this year's finals in 2007.

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