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Blatter: No Plan B For South Africa
BBC Sport Online, December 15th, 2008 1:45PM

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said there is no way the 2010 World Cup will be moved from South Africa, after admitting earlier this year that soccer's world governing body did have contingency plans to move the event.

"There definitely is no plan B or C, the only plan is to make the South African event a success," Blatter said in Tokyo. "In 2010 Africa will show that it is able to host a World Cup. I'll be proud because it is my baby." Having Africa host a World Cup was a personal ambition, he added.

Danny Jordaan, the head of the Local Organising Committee, tried to calm fears over security, saying "the fact is that the most peaceful time in Africa is before, during and after soccer matches." South Africa will deploy 41,000 police officers specifically for the World Cup, he said, all of whom will be sent for specialized training in crowd control.

 

 

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