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July 9, 2000

Legal threat over World Cup prank

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 1:04 pm

The News Review:

* Media reaction to World Cup vote
* Yippee for jukskei
* Zimbabwe football riot: ’12 dead’
* Legal threat over World Cup prank
* Oceania shocked by defiant soccer president
* Moorcroft on missing big games
* CNNSI.com – World Soccer – CNN text: Swiss block Yugoslavia’s…
* Ferdinand on his way?

Media reaction to World Cup vote
BBC News – Jul 7, 2000
‘Teutonic winning machine’

Munich’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung said the “amateurish mistakes of the management were being discussed, the playing superstars were being reviled, morale was through the floor and the image of the Teutonic winning machine was destroyed”. But the German bidding team did not let depression get them down, and the bid proceeded with the “smoothness of a precision-made engine”, it said. The Frankfurter Rundschau insisted that “the mistrust of an African country as the host of the World Cup is not political”. “It is only the belief that South Africa has not got the organisational and economic requirements to stage a World Cup.

Yippee for jukskei
Dispatch Online – Jul 8, 2000
Not even Kafka could have dreamed up such a stinking world. This assessment of the awarding of the 2006 Soccer World Cup to Germany at South Africa’s expense appeared as an editorial opinion in London’s Daily Telegraph yesterday. Football’s world governing body Fifa might just as well have gathered the four World Cup bidding teams together in a park by Lake Zurich and held a penalty shootout to establish the hosts for the 2006 finals, the London morning newspaper continues. The Germans would probably still have won, but at least there would have been some football dignifying this shameful voting process. That the British react with such vehemence to the voting process and politicking in international soccer, as well as to New Zealander Charles Dempsey’s abstention, must take the wind out of the sails of those South Africans who feel their compatriots have reacted badly to losing the 2006 football fiesta bid. To lose “fair and square” is one thing… Football’s world governing body Fifa might just as well have gathered the four World Cup bidding teams together in a park by Lake Zurich and held a penalty shootout to establish the hosts for the 2006 finals, the London morning newspaper continues. The Germans would probably still have won, but at least there would have been some football dignifying this shameful voting process. That the British react with such vehemence to the voting process and politicking in international soccer, as well as to New Zealander Charles Dempsey’s abstention, must take the wind out of the sails of those South Africans who feel their compatriots have reacted badly to losing the 2006 football fiesta bid. To lose “fair and square” is one thing. But there seems to be more to the Dempsey cop-out than meets the eye. Fifa will open an internal inquiry into Thursday’s decision to award the 2006 World Cup to Germany, while South Africa’s unsuccessful bid committee will launch its own probe. Look out for a lot more worms coming out of the woodwork, including wrangling over Europe’s unfair voting advantage and the continental rotation proposal.

Zimbabwe football riot: ’12 dead’
BBC News – Jul 9, 2000
The deaths are said to have happened as crowds stampeded out of the national stadium after police fired tear gas during the match between Zimbabwe and South Africa. The trouble comes just days after South Africa lost out by one vote to Germany for the right to host the World Cup in 2006. A journalist with the French AFP news agency who toured Harare’s main hospital said he was shown 12 bodies by medical staff. A senior sister at the Avenues Clinic, another central hospital, said she could not give any figures for the injured because she had
“lost count. ”

Match abandoned

South Africa were leading 2-0 in the World Cup qualifier when the trouble erupted. Delron Buckley had just scored his second goal when he fell to the ground holding his injured left ankle, and bottles began to fly on to the pitch.

Legal threat over World Cup prank
BBC News – Jul 8, 2000
German Football Federation (DFB) general secretary Horst Schmidt was quoted by the German Bild newspaper as saying the hoax had damaged both his organisation and the country. "

The limits of satire have been far exceeded

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Horst Schmidt, DFB

Spokesman Michael Novak confirmed that the DFB was considering taking legal action over the “considerable damage” caused, not just to individuals, but also to Fifa. The ‘bribes’ came in hoax fax messages, produced by satirical magazine Titanic, offering delegates a tongue-in-cheek selection of stereotypical German gifts, including sausages and a ‘wonderful ku ku clock’. “The limits of satire have been far exceeded,” Mr Schmidt was quoted as saying.

Oceania shocked by defiant soccer president
abc.net.au – Jul 7, 2000
Charlie is the man who shocked the global soccer fraternity overnight when he defied a directive from the Oceania Group to support a bid by South Africa after England went down on the vote to host soccer’s Holy Grail. The eleven nations, including Australia, which make up Oceania, are now waiting keenly for an explanation and Mr Dempsey’s curious action has also outraged New Zealand’s Sports Minister Trevor Mallard. TREVOR MALLARD: This reflects very badly on New Zealand. And I am very upset that one individual can do so much damage to the reputation of a country by taking an action entirely in the opposite direction to what he had agreed to do previously… Kirsten Aiken reports. KIRSTEN AIKEN: Germany has only just been awarded soccer’s equivalent to the Holy Grail. But already it’s success in wrestling the 2006 World Cup from South Africa has been tarnished by allegations FIFA delegates were offered bribes. Delegates from Trinidad have told the BBC that letters offering cash for votes were pushed under their hotel doors in Zurich. The letters claim to be from someone supporting the German campaign. FIFA officials have dismissed the letters as a hoax. Basil Scarcella [phonetic] from Soccer Australia and Bill McGowan from New Zealand Soccer also say the allegations should be disregarded.

Moorcroft on missing big games
BBC News – Jul 7, 2000
Why does the UK seem unable to secure the big sporting events?

The selection process to decide who will host global sporting events is a political game. The former 5000m world-record holder led the successful bid to host the 2005 World Athletics Championships in London… “There’s a perception among officials that certain events – the Olympics, World Cup football – are more attractive to supporters from around the world when they are based in London. ”

Then there is the notoriously unpredictable weather, rumoured to be one of the factors behind Manchester missing out on the 2000 Olympics to sunny Sydney.

CNNSI.com – World Soccer – CNN text: Swiss block Yugoslavia’s…
SI.com – Jul 8, 2000
‘I am pleased everything is concluded and I can get my career back on track,’ he said. GERMAN MAGAZINE MIGHT BE SUED German football officials are thinking about legal action against a satirical magazine over hoax letters offering bribes to FIFA delegates. German Football Federation (DFB) general secretary Horst Schmidt said the hoax – made on the eve of the World Cup 2006 vote by monthly magazine Titanic – had damaged both his organisation and and country. ‘The DFB is considering legal steps against Titanic,’ he said. ‘The limits of satire have been far exceeded. ‘ UEFA CHIEF WANTS ROTATION SYSTEM UEFA chief Lennart Johansson ‘strongly favours’ support for an African nation to host the 2010 World Cup. The day after Germany beat South Africa for the 2006 finals, he said he wants a reform of the current bidding process through the use of a rotation system.

Ferdinand on his way?
BBC News – Jul 8, 2000
‘Touch of class’

The Independent goes for a straight match report, but is let down by a dull picture, used far too large, and a headline ‘Rafter reveals touch of class in stunning match’ which is a fairly ordinary sentence, never mind a headline. Only the Guardian leads on Pete Sampras, pointing out that he is now ‘One win from history’ as a 13th Grand Slam singles title would take the American past Roy Emerson’s total of 12. Controversy over the award of the 2006 World Cup rumbles on, although the story has not progressed a great deal, with New Zealand delegate Charles Dempsey refusing to say much until he faces the music before his Oceania association. Only the Mail keeps the story on the back page, calling Dempsey ‘the most hated man in football’, and quoting a series of leading football officials and politicians, whose condemnatory tone suggests Dempsey may soon begin to wish he had voted one way or another after all.

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