Brazil downplays missing FIFA's stadium deadline

TALES AZZONI (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
Brazil downplays missing FIFA's stadium deadline
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, a view of the ongoing construction at the Itaquerao Stadium also known as Arena Corinthians, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Part of the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in Brazil next year collapsed Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) -- The Brazilian government is downplaying delays in completing 2014 World Cup stadiums, saying that missing FIFA's deadline will not affect the country's ability to successfully host next year's tournament.

A day after FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said three stadiums would not be ready in time for the Dec. 31 deadline, Brazilian officials said they actually plan to deliver all six remaining venues after that date.

They claim only three are delayed, with the other three being handed over after the expected date only because of problems accommodating the diaries of local authorities.

Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said Brazil is like a bride who gets to the wedding late, but the event still goes on as expected.