Monday, November 30, 2009

Ireland insist room must be made for them at the 2010 World Cup

By Khanyisa Tabata
30 November 2009


Fifa’s Sepp Blatter has revealed that the Republic of Ireland have requested a spot in the 2010 World Cup finals as an extra team after their play-off defeat.

The Republic lost to an extra-time goal against France after a French hand ball during the build-up.

Blatter says he will bring the request to the attention of the Executive Committee.

He also says Fifa is considering using goal-line technology and extra referees during the actual World Cup.

Meanwhile, the police say one on the first events of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the switching on of Cape Town’s festive lights last night, was a great success from a policing point of view.

The event, seen as an indicator of what to expect from Friday’s Fifa Final Draw, was attended by more that 120-thousand people.

Only five people were arrested, after being searched during stop-and-search operations.

A sixteen-year-old from Woodstock was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and his 20-year old friend for possession of ammunition.

The remaining three arrests were for possession of small amounts of dagga.

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