Fifa ‘free from blame’ for Tembisa stampede

2010-06-07 10:18

Fifa and the World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) have

distanced themselves from the stampede at an international friendly in Tembisa

that left 14 people and two policemen injured.

“Fifa and the LOC would like to first wish a prompt recovery to

those who have been affected by these incidents,” the two organisations said in

a joint statement.

“In addition, Fifa and the LOC would like to reiterate that this

friendly match has no relation whatsoever to the operational organisation of the

2010 Fifa World Cup, for which we remain fully confident.”

Thousands of fans stampeded the Makhulong Stadium – not a World Cup

venue – ahead of a friendly match between Nigeria and North Korea yesterday

after confusion regarding the ticketing system.

“Contrary to some media reports, Fifa had nothing to do with the

ticketing of this game,” the statement read.

 

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