Valcke postpones trip to Brazil after row

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By Duncan Mackay

March 10 – FIFA general secretary Jérôme Valcke (pictured) has postponed his trip to Brazil next week following the criticism he received from the Government there after he criticised the preprations for the 2014 World Cup, claiming that they needed a “kick up the backside”.

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Teixeira takes indefinite medical leave

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By Andrew Warshaw

March 9 – After months of rumour and counter-rumour about his state of health, Ricardo Teixeira (pictured), controversial President of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and head of Brazil 2014, has taken an indefinite medical leave of absence.

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Andrew Warshaw: Will Valcke’s Bagshot Blunder prove to be his final downfall?

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The sudden decision to call off FIFA general secretary Jérôme Valcke’s planned trip to Brazil this week has once again cast world football’s number two in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Valcke was due to make the latest of his many World Cup inspection tours, this time to Recife, Brasília and Cuiabá, but the visit was postponed in what appeared to be a deliberate trouble-shooting exercise by his boss, FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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Mihir Bose: Abramovich is like a child with a shiny new train set and he certainly doesn’t want to share

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The easiest way to understand Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea, is to appreciate that he is like a child with a new toy train set. The child knows his shiny new train set is better than anything possessed by the other kids, and while he wants to show off, he does not want to share his toys with anyone else. All he wants is to show how clever and superior he is in possessing this set.

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