The fallout of the World Cup bidding process could yet see England benefit if fair play should come into place and Brazil default in providing the facilities and infra-structure to host the 2014 competition.
The row between Brazil and Fifa has worsened with general secretary Jerome Valcke calling the government ‘puerile’ as the furious political dispute rumbles on.
Brazil are in danger of hosting a disaster of a World Cup as Valcke, who is Fifa’s most senior World Cup liaison, sparked the row on Friday when he told reporters here that Brazil needed a “kick up the backside” for its slothful plans.
This caused Brazil’s sports minister, Aldo Rebelo, to demand Valcke’s removal from the World Cup project.
“The government can no longer have the secretary general as a representative,” Rebelo said.
“We have always had a cordial attitude toward everyone from Fifa here in Brazil. We can’t accept to hear such an offensive comment. [Valcke] can’t say something like that about a country. It’s unacceptable.”
Should Fifa pull the plug, the ability of other countries to host the event will again come into the spot light.