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Blatter attacks European ‘anti-Africa’ World Cup critics

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 12, 2010

Changing the world’s perception of Africa seems to be a difficult task. It really is amazing to see blind Europeans in today’s interconnected, interdependent and globalized world. The world saw a fantastic “Confederations Cup” in South Africa last year, and, even Angola hosted a colorful and well-organized Africa Cup of Nations in 2010. As The World Cup is a hugely lucrative event which will attract travel business into South Africa, Ethiopian Airlines is seen as one of those privileged that could become among the most profitable international airlines. So, could the recent tragic crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane, off Lebanon, be an apparent conspiracy by those greedy money-sharks to disrupt the business of this great African airliner?


(dpa) VANCOUVER,  Feb 11 2010

The president of world soccer governing body Fifa, Joseph Blatter, has lashed out at critics of South Africa’s ability to host this year’s World Cup in the wake of the terror attack on the Togo football team at last month’s Africa Cup of Nations in neighboring Angola.

“It’s nonsense to combine what has happened in Angola with a terrorist attack and link it to the South Africa World Cup,” he told German Press Agency dpa on Thursday in Vancouver ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“Eleven million tourists travel every year to South Africa,” Blatter added. “Last week an ATP [tennis] tournament was played in Johannesburg, and they didn’t die.”

Blatter’s comments come in the wake of remarks by German Football League (DFL) boss Reinhard Rauball, who demanded South Africa take action following the attack in Angola.

“It’s kind of an anti-Africa movement, this is not right,” Blatter told dpa.

“There is still in the so-called ‘old world’ feeling that why the hell should South Africa organise a World Cup. Why the hell?

“It was easier for them to go down to Africa, the colonialists in the past hundred years, to take out all the best, and now to take out all the best footballers.

“And when you have to give something back they don’t want to go. What’s that? It is a lack of respect, a lack of respect for the whole of Africa.”

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