The FIFA Executive Committee held its fourth and final meeting of the year in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia (Brazil) on 4 and 5 December ahead of the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. Following that meeting, FIFA President Blatter and Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke attended a press conference to not only update, but to field questions from the media on the topics discussed.
Although you can relive the press conference above and read the media release, here are some key quotes from the event which was streamed globally.
FIFA President Blatter
On sport-political matters in Qatar
I am sure at the end of the day that football will be the winner. At the end of the day we will show the world that we can create good working conditions. If there is a will, there is a way. And we have the will. I will find these solutions.
The operating companies in Qatar have to assume responsibilities for their workers. Now we need to make sure that the pleas of the unions will be implemented. Now we have to work together to move forward and make adequate to take steps to help Qatar to organise this competition and the people who work there.
On the situation in Cyprus
The Cyprus Football Association and the Cyprus Turkish Football Association have now ratified the memorandum of understanding and in the near future we will see that football will be played between these two entities
On security in Brazil
Security is an important part in the organisation of any event. It is more important when you organise a sporting event because you have emotions and passions. So the security operation here has taken into account the problems they faced during the FIFA Confederations Cup. We have had long discussions in the FIFA Executive Committee on this matter, so concerning the fans and population – it’s a question of trust and confidence – and we trust Brazil to have a system so that the fans can follow this World Cup in good order.
FIFA Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke
On the FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust
At the moment, we are working with the Brazilian authorities on the correct vehicle to use: is it a foundation, is it a trust. However, the members of this entity will be the CBF and FIFA; and it will be managed by KPMG or Ernst and Young. It will have to work on projects which develop grassroots football, youth programmes and link to health and education.