FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke is not the most popular of folks. He's the guy who has to be the face of FIFA and make the statements about their latest rulings or misdeeds they refuse to acknowledge. In Brazil, though, there's only one thing that can make him even more unpopular -- telling the truth.
Valcke wasn't very complimentary about Brazil's preparations for the World Cup, saying they were behind schedule and that they needed a kick in the backside to get going. Apparently Brazil did not like that because they have said they will not work with Valcke anymore.
"We have always had a cordial attitude toward everyone from FIFA here in Brazil," Sport Minister Aldo Rebelo said. "We can't accept to hear such an offensive comment. He (Valcke) can't say something like that about a country. It's unacceptable."
Of course, that construction on the stadium in Porto Alegre was halted eight months ago and is in danger of being dropped as a host site isn't important here. Nor is the country being five years late on a regulatory bill that the country promised FIFA when it was awarded the tournament in 2007. Transportation? Take it or leave it. FIFA are crazy to care about these things.
The real issue here is not the preparations being far behind schedule, it is Valcke having the audacity to say it! I mean, after years of lie after lie, for FIFA to tell the truth should shock Brazil, but Valcke wasn't going to just get cut off. Nope, he had another message for Brazil.
"Why doesn't he deal with the issue?" Valcke said said in response to Rebelo. "If (I'm) the problem because nothing has happened over the five years ... because I made, wow, one comment saying things are not working well and I for once said exactly what is happening in Brazil -- if the result is they don't want to talk to me any more, I'm not the guy they want to work with, that's a bit puerile."
How dare he tell the truth.