Saturday, April 24, 2010

German football adamant on hotel stay amid security concerns

By Ofentse Mokae
24 April 2010


Despite reports of security concerns the German football federation says its team aims to stay in their booked World Cup hotel outside Pretoria.

Local authorities reportedly raised security concerns and recommended that the team change its accommodation.

However Velmore Hotel owner Emil Keyser explained that they spent 80-million-Rands on upgrading the four-star hotel to Fifa requirements.

He says the problems, which should soon be sorted out, were not about safety, but stemmed from the lack of the required expansion certificate.

Meanwhile Newsflash reports that Brazilian police say gunmen have stolen hundreds of thousands of stickers for World Cup photo albums.

According to the report the Sao Paulo Public Safety Department says five heavily armed men held up the company that distributes the stickers and got away with 675-thousand of them.

No one was hurt and the assailants are still at large.

The stolen stickers for the highly popular sticker book albums in Brazil are worth over 400-thousand-Rands.

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