World Cup Reflections
After talking to Jan Fourie the other night I have decided to do an update on the article 011. World Cup 2010 & My Vision. The predictions manifested pretty quick.
There will be delays with the planning and the readiness to host the tournament, the series of games will start off chaotic and the blame will be passed on from the one official to the next.
§ Johannesburg – FIFA and South Africa's World Cup organisers have gone on the defensive about security issues at five World Cup stadiums caused by a stewards' strike over low pay.
§ The spokespersons for FIFA and the organising committee declined to address the problems at their daily news briefing on Wednesday, referring all questions to police.
§ Police have taken responsibility for both stadiums in Johannesburg, and the venues in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, since stewards began protests on Sunday evening.
§ FIFA and local organisers declined to answer questions about the cost of deploying thousands of additional police officers on match days, or if security contractor Stallion Security would be fired.
The International fans will not be safe due to increased theft and robbery that will happen whilst the tournament is being played out.
§ Johannesburg - An armed gang stole money and a camera from four Chinese journalists in South Africa to cover the World Cup, Chinese state media reported on Thursday.
§ Several men attacked the journalists when their car stopped on the side of the road as they returned to Johannesburg after an interview, the reports said.
§ The thieves made off with a small amount of cash and a camera worth about $1 500 (R11 600), the Beijing News said.
Whilst the WC10 is in progression, many of the shady deals and bribery that has happened will come to light.
§ The Polokwane pitch has come under fire after Algeria's 1-0 World Cup Group C defeat by Slovenia on Sunday.
§ Algeria's Majid Bougherra believes the mix of grass and synthetic fibre affected the ball's bounce as Robert Koren's shot beat Faouzi Chaouchi.
§ "If we'd had a normal pitch it would never have gone in," said defender Bougherra of the turf which will also be used for matches held at Nelspruit.
Conflicts and in fighting amongst the fans will occur which will lead to bloody scenes on the streets.
§ The match was stopped for around five minutes early in the second half because of the injuries and safety of the fans in the overcrowded main stand where the fencing had been removed.okwane pitch has come under fire after Algeria's 1-0 World Cup Group C defeat by Slovenia on Sunday.
§ “There are 14 people slightly injured and one policeman seriously injured,” South African police official Eugene Opperman said.okwane pitch has come under fire after Algeria's 1-0 World Cup Group C defeat by Slovenia on Sunday.
§ He said the stampede started when too many fans had obtained free tickets for the match and stormed the entrance to the stadium.
Sexual violence will dramatically increase especially the number of rapes and personal violations.
§ South Africa is burdened by its reputation of being the crime capital of the world. Statistics show that South Africa’s violent crime rate – for rape, aggravated robbery, and murder – is among the highest in the world. The World Competitiveness Survey rates South Africa worst out of 133 countries for crime. A staggering 50 murders, 100 rapes, 330-armed robberies and 550 violent assaults are recorded every day.
§ Although, this is not new for South African’s it has been highlighted now to the rest of the world where this was not known before.
Some soccer fans will return earlier to their countries than what they had initially planned.
§ Seventeen Argentina fans considered a threat to Soccer World Cup stability will be deported following their detention by police on Wednesday morning, spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer said.
§ They had been seen at two matches allegedly trying to enter stadiums without tickets and had behaved in a disorderly fashion, roughing up other fans and "generally causing trouble", she said in a statement.
§ Police and their dog unit raided an establishment in Pretoria at 7am on Wednesday, where 165 fans were staying.
§ "The group of 17 was handed over to the national immigration branch of the Department of Home Affairs, which will deal with their deportation," said De Beer.
§ Five other Argentinian fans, whose activities police were monitoring, voluntarily left the country on Wednesday morning. On June 12, the police said they had refused entry to 11 other Argentinians believed to be threat to security, and a British national who had a history of inciting racial violence.