Legendary Brazilian striker-turned-politician Romario has labelled FIFA President Sepp Blatter “a thieving son of a b*tch.” The outspoken congressman has been highly critical of the world governing body and the tournament organising committee in the build-up to the World Cup this summer.
World Cup winner in ’94, Romario launched his attack on Blatter labelling him “corrupt.” FIFA general secretary Jérôme Valcke also bore the brunt of the broadside from the public representative of Rio de Janeiro.
“For the history of this guy (Valcke), he is one of the biggest racketeers in world sport. He did blackmail with FIFA’s president (Blatter), who is a thief, corrupt and a son of a b*tch. Sorry for that expression, but this is what we coexist with,” Romario told ESPN-Brasil.
“(Valcke) comes here to Brazil, says orders, and everybody applauses.”
The 48-year-old has been scathing of the huge sums of money spent on bringing the World Cup to Brazil.
“I have spoken, and I will repeat here. Now we have to cheer for Brazil to win on the field because it would be perfect for football but off the pitch we’ve already lost and there is no way to reserve it.”
In 2011 Romario dismissed the country’s ability to finish the necessary infrastructure in time.
“The gospels say Jesus will return. Only he can ensure Brazil stage the best cup. If he comes down in the next three years, then it will be possible.”
He later criticised the demands put on Brazil by FIFA.
“Brazil needs to stop this business of becoming a slave of FIFA…The sovereignty of the country must be respected.”
Romario also attacked members of the CBF, Brazil’s football governing body including the likely next president Marco Polo Del Nero who he called a rat.
In April 2013, former FIFA president Joao Havelange resigned as honorary president after a report ruled he had taken bribes.
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