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Posts Tagged ‘FIFA’

Eye View Sports,Fan Attempts to Attack The World Cup Trophy, Said the Vuvuzela In His Head Made Him Do It..

July 11, 2010

JOHANNESBURG — A spectator ran onto the field and tried to grab the World Cup trophy Sunday, moments before the Spain and Netherlands players were due to walk out at Soccer City for the tournament’s final match.

A man ran in from a corner of the stadium and raced across the field toward the halfway line, where the trophy had been placed on a pedestal for the players to parade past.

The man was tackled just before he could get his hands on the trophy and was carried away by seven security guards, taken up the tunnel and past the waiting players as the crowd cheered.

Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro, who last lifted the World Cup trophy as winning captain when his team won the title in Berlin four years ago, had carried the trophy onto the field in its Louis Vuitton case. He took it out, and placed it on the stand facing the many dignitaries in attendance.

After Cannavaro left the field, the trophy stayed alone on the grass awaiting the arrival of the two teams. It was eventually taken off after the Dutch and Spanish national anthems were played.

Fan attempts to steal the trophy….Uses the vuvuzela insanity plea  defense….I couldn’t take it anymore….Wow that trophy is smaller than it appears on TV…

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FIFA President Putting The Hand Ball on Mandela

July 11, 2010

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela will greet fans ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final at Soccer City, his grandson says.

The 91-year-old anti-apartheid icon will then go home and watch the final between Spain and Netherlands, Mandla Mandela told The Associated Press.

“He said that he wants to come out and greet fans at the stadium,” Mandla said, adding that the former South African president was resting Sunday afternoon so he could be “fresh and energetic” for the appearance. The match between Spain and the Netherlands was to kick off at 8:30 p.m. local time.

Mandela has kept a low profile during the monthlong tournament, having decided against attending the opening game on June 11 following the death of his great-granddaughter.

Earlier, Mandla Mandela criticized FIFA for putting “extreme pressure” on the man who led South Africa out of apartheid to attend the World Cup final.

Fifa president putting the hand job on Mandella.

World Cup Organiser Mulls Vuvuzelaban,Seeking Alternatives

June 13, 2010

World Cup organising committee head Danny Jordaan on Sunday did not rule out banning vuvuzelas, the noisy plastic trumpets which have proved a hit with fans in South Africa but threaten to deafen players and viewers alike.

Criticism of the vuvuzelas has been almost as loud as the instruments themselves with broadcasting companies complaining the din is almost drowning out commentary.

“We have asked for no vuvuzelas during national anthems or during stadium announcements. I know it’s a difficult question,” he added, saying that “we’re trying to manage the best we can.

According to Evra: “We can’t sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6 a.m. We can’t hear one another out on the pitch because of them,” the Frenchman added.

Jordaan said: “I would prefer singing” and called on fans to chant instead.

World Cup needs cow bells..