Brazil officially tells FIFA Valcke not welcome


SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil says it has delivered a letter telling FIFA that it won't deal with Secretary General Jerome Valcke during the country's preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

The letter was sent Monday and was addressed to FIFA President Sepp Blatter. It was signed by Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, who on Saturday had announced the country's position regarding Valcke.

Valcke sent a blunt message on Friday asking the country to speed up its World Cup preparations: "You have to push yourself, kick your (backside)."

Rebelo said in the letter that Brazil was "shocked" by the "inappropriate" comments made by Valcke.