World Cup icon Pele labels stadium delays unacceptablePele won the tournament in 1958, 1962 and 1970
Brazilian legend and World Cup ambassador Pele has bemoaned the preparations in the country for the impending World Cup as the South American country strives to get everything ready on time for the big kick off on June 12.
The lead up to the tournament has been beset by stadium delays and corruption allegations, and Pele said of the situation: "There has been a significant time to get the stadiums finsihed."
"The situation is unacceptable- it is a disgrace. The political situation is difficult. Our team has nothing to do with the ongoing corruption that has delayed the construction of the stadiums."
"It's not the problem of the players but the situation worries me a great deal. The evil peolpe who have stolen all the money are to blame. Protests against corruption are understandable- but not the use of force."