Soccer’s governing body will have to change the way it organizes World Cups after setbacks and potential last-minute problems at this year’s tournament in Brazil, FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said.
Removing the former U.S. Attorney for New York who is investigating potential corruption in FIFA’s World Cup location voting would have “created a terrible picture,” said Jerome Valcke, the second most-senior executive at the world soccer governing body.
Soccer governing body FIFA decided a stadium in the Brazilian city of Curitiba will be ready in time for the World Cup, saving the host nation from the humiliation of losing a venue less than four months before the tournament.
When FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke arrived at the new stadium in Manaus, Brazil, to promote a program that taught the World Cup city’s taxi drivers English, his cab was decorated with black tape.
Soccer governing body FIFA is rejigging plans for this year’s $5 billion World Cup in Brazil in case there’s a repeat of the civil unrest that surrounded last year’s Confederations Cup, a warm-up for this year’s event.