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Brazilian Sports Minister ‘bites’ back at those who suggested Brazil couldn’t host a World Cup

"The snakes recoiled and nobody was bitten" said Aldo Rebelo
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Following the success of the World Cup in Brazil, a huge weight has been lifted from the shoulders of the country’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo.

As FIFA met with politicians to evaluate the 2014 World Cup, the 58-year-old used the opportunity to mock those who, before the event, were worried about a World Cup being held ‘in the jungle’.

“A World Cup in the jungle? The snakes recoiled and nobody was bitten. Nobody was even bitten by a crazy dog,” he joked, referring more specifically to Manaus.

“I always said that we had done the important things and that we were capable of hosting a World Cup and we managed it.

“I want to thanks once again the patience of the foreigners. We would like them to return one day.

“I’d also like to thank the Brazilians who, you never know, without losing their critical spirit may have a little bit more faith in our capabilities.”

Whilst Brazilians are delighted that the World Cup went relatively smoothly, many remain concerned about the expense of hosting the event and the potentially unlawful detention of individuals considered to be potential protesters.


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