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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

FIFA's Valcke apologizes to Brazilian government

Originally published: March 5, 2012 5:09 PM
Updated: March 5, 2012 7:33 PM
By The Associated Press  TALES AZZONI (AP Sports Writer

QUICK READFIFA's Valcke apologizes after Brazilian government sends letter saying it won't deal with him
Photo credit: AP | FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2012 file photo, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke speaks at a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil. The sports minister of Brazil announced at a Saturday March 3, 2012 news conference that they refuse to deal with with Valcke following his "unacceptable" criticism over the country's preparations for the 2014 World Cup. The minister called for FIFA to assign another official to work with the government. Valcke responded by calling the move juvenile. (AP Photo/Fabio Pozzebom, File)
(AP) -- FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke apologized to Brazil on Monday after the country's government officially informed FIFA that it would no longer deal with him because of his remarks about its preparations for the 2014 World Cup.
In a statement addressed to Brazil's sports minister, Valcke said his comments translated from French to Portuguese last week came out much stronger than...