Brazil bans FIFA chief Valcke
The Brazilian organisers of the 2014 World Cup have refused to work with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke after he claimed they needed a "kick up the backside" to be ready to host the event.
Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo told a news conference that Valcke was no longer welcome in the country and that his comments were "inadequate and unacceptable."
"In light of these statements, which are inadequate and unacceptable comments for any type of relationship, the Brazilian government is going to send a letter to [FIFA president Sepp] Blatter telling him it no longer accepts Secretary-General Valcke as an interlocutor," Rebelo said. "The secretary-general made an evaluation that does not correspond to the facts or the reality.''
Rebelo insisted that Valcke's comments had contracted those of FIFA itself after a visit in January and Brazilian legend Romario backed the decision to ban him.
"When Valcke used the expression 'kick up the backside', I considered this misplaced and rude," he tweeted. "But he is 100% right that Brazil is late. I still claim that FIFA are not above the sovereignty of Brazil and I will continue to fighting for the sovereignty of our country."
Valcke responded to the snub by calling the move "puerile".