Hand of God to give FIFA da finger?

01/12/2009 at 09:44 2 comments

To give the finger or not to give the finger: That is the question. Well, it’s Maradona’s question. It is widely speculated that the Argentinian soccer legend will travel to Cape Town for the Final Draw of the 2010 FIFA World Cup regardless of the fact that FIFA has barred him from doing so.

FIFA had denied the allegations. “He is not on any of the delegation lists, and he is not eligible to attend,” said  spokeswoman Delia Fischer.

The fact that the Argentinian football coach is not part of any official delegation does not mean Maradona will stay at home, and watch the Final Draw of the 2010 world cup football from his couch. The international football association has acknowledged that. It has said that it could not stop Maradona from traveling to South Africa as a tourist and in his own capacity – something that has been speculated.

In November, Maradona was banned from FIFA for a period of two months following his outburst during Argentina’s world cup qualifying game against Uruguay. During this period of time Diego Maradona may not coach his team, is not allowed to join his team at training sessions, or attend the World Cup draw or participate in any football activities.

The Final Draw of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer is scheduled for December 4 2009 and will take place in Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City. The event will draw thousands of people, and is expected to to turn Cape Town into a massive party place. Apart form the official Final Draw ceremony, the city will host a special music festival on Long Street. Although this will mean that certain roads will be closed for a few days, many residents have said they are looking forward to the 2010 Final Draw.

The Municipality of Cape Town, with another four days to go, is currently dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s – to ensure the Final Draw runs smoothly. “We are ready’,” said Cape Town’s mayor Dan Plato last week. His statement has been reinforced time and time again. With safety and security being one of the biggest worries and priorities with regards to the 2010 FIFA soccer world cup, Cape Town has for instance drawn up an extensive security strategy, during which of 1600 police officers, and hundreds of army, security and intelligence personnel will ensure the safety of both visitors and locals.


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