Posted: Monday October 3, 2011 12:13 PM

Brazil, FIFA seek better relations over World Cup

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BRUSSELS (AP) -Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has met FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to seek improved relations over the organization of the 2014 World Cup.

The two were able to meet face to face for a private meeting as Rousseff is in Belgium for Tuesday's summit with the European Union. It was the first meeting between the two and "both sides said they needed to communicate better,'' said government spokeswoman Lais Garcia.

The World Cup organizing country and FIFA often go through months of sparring to resolve potential conflicts of interest, ranging from sponsorship demands to taxes and other financial issues.

Rousseff came in as president in January, four years after Brazil won the right to stage the world's biggest single-sports event.

 
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