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.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA, were jeered the last time they addressed a stadium crowd. They won’t make the same mistake when the World Cup kicks off in June.
A group representing European soccer clubs will meet with officials from the sport’s governing body to discuss switching the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter because of extreme heat in the emirate.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s 35 years with soccer’s governing body have included nine World Cups on five different continents. The event starting in South Africa today will define his career more than any other.
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.