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2014 World Cup Fans will Flock to Brazil, Creating
Concerns for the Inadequate Hotel Bed Numbers

Development Urged to Continue with Two Years to Prepare

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March 30, 2012--ZURICH -- Brazil needs action and not words in its preparations for the 2014 World Cup -- but fans will not be deterred by infrastructure concerns and come to "the country of football" in large numbers, world governing body FIFA chief Joseph Blatter said Friday.

Blatter also told a news conference that he will meet every two or three months with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to oversee the World Cup, and that a recent spat between Brazilian organizers and FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke was over.

Inadequate hotel bed numbers are among the concerns, but Valcke and Blatter said that a solution will be found and that fans will likely have to shuttle in and out some of the 12 host cities as two years ago in South Africa.

"Not everything will be 100 per cent. We know the problems with hotels and we will have a situation like in South Africa (2010). In some cities fans will have to travel a little more," Blatter said.

"I don't think this will refrain football fans to go to the football when its organized in the country of football. There will be a rush to go to Brazil. A solution will be found."

Valcke had previously alienated Brazil by saying they needed "a kick up the backside" to speed up preparations, but Blatter said the matter was resolved and that Valcke had the full support of local organizers and FIFA in organizing the event.

Blatter said Brazil must now get down to business with just 14 months left until the Confederations Cup and little over two years until the World Cup.

"We invite Brazil to go on with the development. They have to play the ball, it is in their hands. We are awaiting acts, not talks," Blatter said.

Valcke also said that FIFA was currently studying a special World Cup Law passed by Brazil's Lower House. It still requires approval by the Senate to go into effect.


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