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April 5th, 2012 by · No Comments · Features, Football

FIFA is refusing to comment on the Brazilian Senate cancelling a meeting with secretary general Jerome Valcke next week.

Lingering resentment towards Valcke over his criticisms of Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 finals, has resulted in the Senate commission’s chairman, Roberto Requiao, demanding an audience with the organ grinder and not his monkey.

“We do not accept FIFA’s caretaker. What was approved was a meeting with Blatter, not with his aide,” Requiao was quoted as saying by O Globo’s website.

“If it was up to me, he would get a kick in his backside.”

A quote that mocks Valcke’s advice to Brazil when he was asked about the delays in the passage of the World Cup Law.

FIFA had hoped that José Maria Marin, head of the local organising committee chairman, and the newly appointed FIFA Executive Committee member from Brazil, Marco Polo del Nero might help to heal the rift between Valcke and Brazil following a meeting two weeks ago. Fat chance.

It’s conceivable that the Senate’s refusal to do business with Valcke is also a pointed allusion to the diplomatic etiquette blunder committed by Blatter towards Brazil president Dilma Rousseff.

The FIFA president broke protocol by sending Valcke to a meeting with Rousseff in Zurich last November, when the president was expecting to be greeted by Blatter himself.

Could this be revenge for that snub?


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