Tournament News

German soccer boss backs SA

2010-01-13 14:13

Berlin - German football federation (DFB) president Theo Zwanziger has backed South Africa on security at the World Cup following the gun attack on the Togo national team bus in Angola.

Zwanziger told Die Welt daily published on Wednesday that German football fans should have no concerns about visiting South Africa for the tournament beginning on June 11.

"We have complete confidence in the government in South Africa, FIFA and the national organising committee as far as security is concerned," Zwanziger said.

The important thing for anyone visiting the tournament was to "follow exactly the advice of the security authorities" in South Africa, he added.
However Zwanziger said he could not imagine the attack on the Togolese team bus not having any consequences for the World Cup tournament.

"The tragedy gives cause for intensive reflection on what has been done for security at the World Cup and above all what has still to be done," he said.

The German federation will be looking closely at what can be improved "to guarantee maximum safety for our players as well as family, support staff and fans," he said.

German Football League (DFL) president Reinhard Rauball had on Monday raised security concerns following Friday's attack on the Togo team on its way to the Africa Cup of Nations.

"We must think about how we get a grip on security issues.  We can't simply say that South Africa is something else than Angola," Rauball said.

His remarks drew criticism from Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the World Cup organising committee, who said it was wrong to link the attack in Angola with security at the World Cup.

Read more on:    2010 soccer world cup

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
17 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Updated: Hottest SWC WAGs

Updated: Hottest SWC 2010 WAGs

Vote

World Cup 2010 is over and the country is returning to normal - but have you moved on yet?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.