FIFA warns Brazil of increasing crime rate, lack of infrastructure ahead of 2014 WC

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 08:30 hrs

FIFA general secretary, Jerome Valcke has warned Brazil of the increasing crime rate in cities like Sao Paulo and also stressed on the need of more infrastructure ahead of the 2014 football World Cup.

Valcke, overseeing progress on delivering the World Cup in Brazil, has highlighted a lack of hotels for the estimated 500,000 overseas visitors, and he also said that FIFA and the Brazilian football authorities now had a much better relationship.

Valcke had angered Brazilian officials in the past by suggesting that the stadiums would not be ready, but now he believes the risk of delay has moved on to such matters as the necessary number of hotels and vital improvements to airports and public transport.

"We are seeing a big wave of crime in Sao Paulo, which is not good for its image or tourism," the BBC quoted Valcke, as saying.

"In one unnamed city there are 17,000 hotel bedrooms and a 45,000 capacity stadium [for the World Cup]," he added.

"But we have now moved from talking about the problems to talking about the solutions. We are able to find and answer the problems," he said.

Brazil is spending 9.4 billion pounds on infrastructure for the World Cup, which includes everything from the 12 new or renovated stadiums, to new bus lanes and airport extensions. (ANI)

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