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Blatter Calls for Meeting With Brazil President After Dispute

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has asked to meet with Brazil’s head of state Dilma Rousseff “as soon as possible” as the relationship soured between soccer’s governing body and the host of the 2014 World Cup.

Brazilian Minister of Sports Aldo Rebelo said March 3 his country would cease cooperating with Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s general secretary and the person responsible for organizing sport’s most watched event, after the Frenchman a day earlier used profanity to express his displeasure at Brazil’s lack of progress.