Blatter hopes to visit Brazil, talk to senators



SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is trying to schedule a trip to Brazil to speak at a public hearing about a controversial World Cup bill FIFA wants approved as soon as possible.

The Brazilian senate invited Blatter, but FIFA initially said it would send Secretary General Jerome Valcke to talk to the congressional commissions debating the bill. Senators last week rejected Valcke’s visit and said they would talk only to Blatter.

Soccer’s governing body says Tuesday that FIFA’s president will answer the senate “regarding possible dates to meet the members of the three commissions in charge of elaborating the 2014 bill.” The bill would provide guarantees FIFA is seeking to organize the tournament.

FIFA added, however, that “at this stage no visit of the FIFA president is scheduled.”