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Fifa member Chuck Blazer slams World Cup organisation

Chuck Blazer
Blazer says Concacaf will have to reorganise its World Cup qualifying

A Fifa executive member has attacked the number of South American and African places for the 2014 World Cup.

Chuck Blazer, secretary-general of Concacaf, is angry North America, Central America and the Caribbean have not been given an extra spot in Brazil.

He said it was "absurd" South America had six places and questioned Africa's five teams after a poor 2010 World Cup.

"Everyone is protecting their own interests rather than doing what is right," Blazer said.

Concacaf has 40 members but only three confirmed places plus a play-off spot in Brazil, while the South American federation, with only 10 members, could have six teams in the tournament

"I'm a great supporter of South American football but for them to have a possible six countries out of 10 is absurd," Blazer continued.

"People say the hosts have always qualified as an extra but that is not true.

"If Africa can go from two places to five in the last 14 years, why can we not go from two to four?"

He added: "This decision also means we will have to completely re-do our whole qualifying system."

Mexico and the USA reached the knock-out stages of the 2010 World Cup but only Ghana of the six Africa teams in South Africa achieved that.

"We had a 67 per cent success rate [in South Africa 2010], Africa had a 16 per cent success," Blazer said.

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