World Cup is a commercial success for Fifa, says Valcke

2010-06-03 16:26

The first Soccer World Cup on African soil has already been a

commercial success for the world soccer body Fifa, its secretary general Jérôme

Valcke said.

None of Fifa’s commercial partners decided to drop their support

because the tournament was being held in Africa, he said: In fact, we have

increased our income by 50% since 2006 in Germany to 2010 in South Africa.

Commercially, it has been a success.”

Valcke said this money would be invested in soccer

development.

He said 80% of countries in Africa “would not have football” if it

were not for Fifa’s funding.

“If we don’t have money, it means football will collapse,” said

Valcke.

He said Fifa received a lot of criticism for “taking over South

Africa” and that it was “just about money”. “But it is to protect football,”

said Valcke.

He was speaking at the launch of special courts dedicated to deal

with any offences related to the sports event that starts on June 11.

The objective was to fast-track cases so that visitors would not

have to later return to South Africa to appear in court.

National Prosecuting Authority head Menzi Simelane said so far,

four cases related to the World Cup had been reported.

The first case was a Peruvian national’s laptop that had been

stolen in Pretoria but the case had since been thrown out for lack of evidence

against the suspects.

The second case was of a French national arrested for drunken

driving who would appear in court again in June about which Simelane said: “He

is out on bail. We are waiting for the blood sample.”

The third case was of two Indian nationals who “stole cameras from

each other”. But the complainants eventually “declined to proceed with the case”

and chose to “deal with it internally”.

The fourth case was related to the theft of cash belonging to the

Colombian soccer team. Simelane said: “That case is being dealt with.” Two hotel

cleaners had been arrested on theft charges.


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