Brazil to cut ties with Valcke after criticism

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's sports minister has criticized "unacceptable" comments by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke over the country's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and said the government does not want to deal with him anymore.

Aldo Rebelo said Saturday that Valcke's words were inappropriate and he wants FIFA to assign someone else to work with the government in matters related to the 2013 Confederations Cup and the World Cup.

Valcke said Friday he had serious concerns about Brazil's preparations and that the country appeared more concerned about winning the tournament than making it ready for fans.

Valcke said that "things are not working in Brazil" and that "not a lot is moving" with just two years left before the tournament.