AFCON

CAF boss slams Western media

2015-02-07 18:05
Issa Hayatou (AFP)

Cape Town - African football boss Issa Hayatou has attacked international media coverage of Equatorial Guinea's violence-marred Africa Cup of Nations semifinal, claiming it "perpetuated colonisation".

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) president rounded on the reporting of Thursday's game when home fans turned on Ghanaian supporters as Ghana won 3-0.

CAF responded by fining Equatorial Guinea $100 000, holding back from imposing a crowd ban on Saturday's third-place play-off between the Africa Cup of Nations hosts and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hayatou told a press conference in Malabo before the game: "The press always dramatise, particularly the western press.

"When something bad happens in Europe, they say it's an error. When something happens in Africa, they begin talking about corruption."

He compared the reporting of Thursday's violence with the coverage given to a Euro 2012 qualifier between Serbia and Italy stopped due to crowd trouble.

"What happened in that match between Serbia and Italy?

"It's the same as what happened here, but when it's Africa it’s different.

"It's irrelevant that it's a semifinal. It's a football match. The western media are simply here to perpetuate colonisation."

Speaking at the same press conference, Fifa boss Sepp Blatter said the success of the competition - some over-enthusiastic fans aside - has justified its last-minute move to Equatorial Guinea.

The country stepped in to host the event less than two months before kick-off after Morocco pulled out over fears of the spread of the Ebola epidemic.

"The competition's progress, the results, the enthusiasm of the population - sometimes a little too much - have shown the wisdom of this decision." He continued: "Football has experienced in its time here everything that is beautiful about the game, and everything that may not always be beautiful about football.

"But what do you want? Football is made up of players, of technical staff, and also of the management of events on the pitch, referees, and of the public. And so perfection cannot exist, but congratulations for this tournament."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

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
64 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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