Blatter to meet with Brazilian president on Friday

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- FIFA chief Sepp Blatter will meet Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday to discuss the 2014 World Cup preparations.

Soccer's governing body said Tuesday the meeting will take place in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital.

Blatter had asked for the meeting last week while apologizing for the remarks of FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke. Valcke had vulgarly complained of Brazil's slow preparations.

Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo also will attend Friday's meeting. Rebelo had said Brazil was cutting ties with Valcke over his remarks. Brazil since has accepted apologies from both Blatter and Valcke.