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Blatter: No World Cup host has been behind on preparations like Brazil

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter says no World Cup host has been behind on preparations like Brazil during his time with the organization.

GENEVA (AP) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter says Brazil is further behind in preparations for the World Cup than any other country has been during his time with the organization.

Brazil has completed only six of the 12 World Cup stadiums even though FIFA had set the end of 2013 as the deadline.

In an interview with Swiss newspaper 24 Heures, Blatter says ''it's the country which is the furthest behind since I've been at FIFA and moreover, it's the only one that had so much time - seven years - to prepare itself.''

Blatter also says he thinks there will be more of the protests which marked the Confederations Cup but adds ''the football will be protected, I believe the Brazilians won't attack the football directly. Because for them, it's a religion.''

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