In an interview for Radio Globo in Brazil yesterday, the ex-footballer Romario has again criticised Fifa’s secretary general Jerome Valcke. It was personal and not pretty.

“Coming from a blackmailer, corrupt like him, who is at FIFA, I’m not surprised.. With that statement, he means that people should be careful in Brazil. I do not expect anything different. I can’t wait for  the World Cup is over and we do not hear more about him  or  Blatter. Nothing positive will be left to Brazil in relation to the sporting legacy, “Romario said.

a portrait of Romario


The outburst was in response to Valcke’s comments published in the media, comparing Brazil to Germany. “Don’t think it is like Germany where you move easily from place to place all around the country. In Germany you could even sleep in your car. But not here in Brazil, you cannot do that”.

Personally, I think they both have missed a good opportunity to keep their mouths shut. There are so many more pressing problems with Brazil to pinpoint. And Romario… Well, not only could he have chosen his words better but also he should have chosen real problems with Valcke’s and Fifa’s approach to the World Cup to highlight.

About Betise Assumpcao Head

Communicator, specialized in Media Relations, Reputation, Crisis Management, corporate or individual. I started as a Sports Journalist (7 years, Mains newspapers and magazines in Brazil) turned into World Wide Press Officer (Senna 1990/1994), been to Games in Barcelona Atlanta, London & Rio 2016. Italy, Germany & Brazilian World Cups.

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