London: Brazil’s failings in delivering this summer’s World Cup has been highlighted by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who said no previous host country have been so far behind in their preparations.
Six of the 12 host stadia have failed to meet the December 31 deadline while delays have also affected work on hotels, airports and roads.
Blatter pointed out that Brazil have had seven years since they were awarded the tournament – previous hosts only had six years or even less time.
Asked if the World Cup hosts realised the scale of work involved, the Fifa president told a Swiss newspaper: “No. Brazil have just found out what it means and have started work much too late.
“No country have been so far behind in preparations since I have been at Fifa even though they are the only host nation who have had so much time — seven years — in which to prepare.”