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April 16, 2000

Wembley faces major delay

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 8:01 am

The News Review:

* SA, Germany both confident in 2006 bid
* Fear of violence at Leeds return match
* Joint World Cup bid denied
* Wembley faces major delay
* Leeds relief, Turkish anger at fans ban
* U20 Border talent on display

SA, Germany both confident in 2006 bid
Dispatch Online – Apr 1, 2000
The German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma met journalists at the Union Buildings here af-ter a two-day bi-national commission. Both countries had made submissions to the Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa) to hold the 2006 Soccer World Cup. Fischer said: “This is not a political issue, it is more important, it is football. ”

“May the best country win. ”

Zuma said South Africans were looking forward to July 6 when Fifa would announce the winner.

Fear of violence at Leeds return match
Irish Independent – Apr 7, 2000
BRITAIN’S Football Supporters’ Association expressed concern last night that angry Leeds United supporters might want to take revenge for the death of two of their number if Galatasaray followers are allowed tickets for the return game in two weeks’ time. The Football Association, however, played down the possibility of any retaliatory violence and also claimed that England’s bid to stage the 2006 World Cup would not be affected by the violence on Wednesday night. UEFA, the governing body of European football, insisted that the English authorities were capable of handling the second leg and that Leeds would determine the exact number of tickets allocated to visiting fans. But the FSA’s Alison Pilling, a Leeds supporter, said: “It would be very difficult to say that it would be a completely peaceful event. The best thing for all concerned would be if away fans did not travel to Leeds. A number of Leeds fans are extremely angry about what happened out there.

Joint World Cup bid denied
BBC News – Mar 29, 2000
Alec McGiven, head of England’s campaign, and the Department of Media, Culture and Sport have both firmly denied the claim. The Independent said the joint bid was being “seriously considered” and that talks had already been held between the two countries’ football associations. Fifa will vote in July to decide who hosts the tournament. Anelka: ‘Forgive me’

Suspended Real Madrid striker Nicolas Anelka has paved the way for a return to first-team duty after making a public apology for his behaviour at the Spanish club. The troublesome Frenchman, who has scored only one league goal since his ?23m transfer from Arsenal last summer, is hoping to patch things up in time to play Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final first leg next week. “The reason for my appearance is to publicly ask for
forgiveness for the attitude that I have maintained during
the last days which has not benefited either the club or
myself,” he told a press conference.

Wembley faces major delay
BBC News – Apr 10, 2000
“That would lead to a 12-month delay and put the completion date back to 2004, but there is no question of the 2006 World Cup bid being compromised. ”

September’s World Cup qualifying tie between England and
Germany was to be the old stadium’s last match, although that situation may now change. Construction work has already been put back twice and a plan to include athletics was ditched last year following a row over the addition of a running track. If they continue with that it means they will reject our application, and we will have to go to appeal. That would lead to a 12-month delay and put the completion date back to 2004

Chris Palmer, Wembley spokesman

All parties are in agreement that the 77-year-old stadium needs to be redeveloped, but opinions differ over who should pay for improvements to the notoriously congested access routes.

Leeds relief, Turkish anger at fans ban
Irish Independent – Apr 15, 2000
THERE was relief in Leeds and anger in Istanbul yesterday as European football’s governing body, UEFA, ruled that next Thursday’s Uefa Cup semi-final second leg between David O’Leary’s side and Galatasaray should be played at Elland Road without any visiting supporters. After West Yorkshire police had said they could not guarantee the safety of Galatasaray followers, the Turkish Football Federation asked for the game to be moved to a neutral venue. That would have proved impractical at such short notice, even if Uefa had favoured it, and would not have ruled out the possibility of clashes between rival supporters following the death of two Leeds fans, Kevin Speight and Christopher Loftus, before the first leg last week. Galatasaray y will have the support of only 80 invited VIP guests, who, UEFA says, must behave “in a dignified and restrained manner”. There will be a minute’s silence and both teams will wear black armbands, which did not happen at the first game. But a statement from UEFA also emphasised that Galatasaray as a club bore no responsibility for the murders in Istanbul, for which four Turks have now been charged… There will be a minute’s silence and both teams will wear black armbands, which did not happen at the first game. But a statement from UEFA also emphasised that Galatasaray as a club bore no responsibility for the murders in Istanbul, for which four Turks have now been charged. A Turkish government minister accused Leeds of trying to use the murders as a means of advancing to the UEFA Cup final and said England was incapable of hosting the 2006 World Cup. “They’re trying to turn the murders into their advantage to win the match,” said State Minister Fikret Unlu, the top government official in charge of sports. Galatasaray’s vice-chairman Mehmet Cansun, aware that his team will now be at a disadvantage as they defend their 2-0 lead, said the decision was “disgusting. ” * Independent News service.

U20 Border talent on display
Dispatch Online – Mar 24, 2000
Palacios is looking to add to his SA U20 core with the World Youth Championships next year in mind, and of course, the World Cup 2006 which could (will?) take place in this country. Whatever talents a player reveals on the field today and tomorrow, you can be sure they will not escape the football brain of a man like Palacios — a soccerite who needs no introduction to anyone remotely interested in the game in this country. However, I would like to appeal to Mr Palacios to keep a lookout for some of our youngsters who have to travel hundreds of kilometres from rural towns and villages in search of their soccer dream, and may not make the deadline today at 9am. We ask him to be especially accommodating to those U20 players out of school who might not even make it today — because their bosses might not be as considerate as they should be. A glimpse at what these unfortunate players may have to offer tomorrow (if their excuses are acceptable) might be advantageous to the future of this country’s soccer.

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