Sepp Blatter urges fans to be optimistic ahead of the World Cup
The FIFA president thinks that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, despite growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time.
The Swiss likened public scepticism to previous World Cups and said that those tournaments had proved to be successes, despite not all the work being finished.
"It is my 10th World Cup... and I can tell you I have never seen a World Cup that everything is ready, completely ready before the kick-off," Blatter told reporters in Hong Kong on Thursday.
"Football, with more than 300 million active participants, more than one billion fans, they are now waiting for this World Cup. It is in Brazil, it is a country where football has been, let's say the best footballers of the world are from."
"It will be a great tournament. Be optimistic as we are optimistic, football is optimistic. Football is giving emotions to the world today in this perturbed world we are living in."
Three stadiums and several airports are still not ready while other infrastructure projects have been shelved. Blatter, however, has dismissed any concerns over security.
"Security is the matter of the government and the state. FIFA can not ensure security. This is part of the commitment of the organising government, in this case the government of Brazil when they have received the World Cup."
"The same time, just four years ago, people were saying that nobody shall go to South Africa. We shall go with bullet-proof jackets because it's no security."
"Please believe me, football, football is stronger than anybody else, anybody and any other movement in the world," completed the 78-year-old.