FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke today confirmed he sent an e-mail to another official with soccer’s governing body in which he said Qatar “bought” its surprise selection for the 2022 soccer World Cup.
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.
Soccer’s governing body is among protesters’ targets as Brazilians stage the country’s biggest street demonstrations in two decades. Being the focus of fury goes hand in hand with running the world’s most-popular sport, according to its top administrator.
Jerome Valcke, the top official responsible for soccer’s World Cup next year, says he’s confident Brazil’s security can protect the tournament amid increasing concerns over violent protests in the country.
The World Cup was meant to be a celebration of a new Brazil -- powerful, prosperous and jubilant. When the ball starts rolling in three days the world may instead view images of violence and inefficiency.