Brazil to cut ties with Valcke after criticism

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's sports minister has criticized "unacceptable" comments by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke about slow preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

Aldo Rebelo said Saturday that Valcke's words were inappropriate and he wants FIFA to assign someone else to work with the government in matters related to the 2013 Confederations Cup and the World Cup.

Valcke said Friday he had serious concerns about Brazil's preparations and the country seemed more concerned about winning the tournament than making it ready for fans.

Valcke said "things are not working in Brazil" regarding stadium building and infrastructure improvements with just two years remaining before the tournament.