Monday, June 7, 2010

Nigeria on stampede: 'Only venue' left

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The Nigeria soccer federation said Monday it had no choice of venue for its exhibition match against North Korea at which a stampede left 15 people injured.
Taiwo Ogunjobi, the Nigerian federation's technical committee chairman, told website that "we had no choice" because "that was the only venue available to us" because "FIFA had taken control of all the stadia."
One policeman was seriously hurt Sunday during two separate fan rushes at the Makhulong Stadium outside Johannesburg, a venue that seats about 12,000 fans.
Nigeria media officer Idah Peterside said that FIFA and World Cup organizers were not responsible, adding the match "was organized by the two FAs."
Soccer's international governing body said it had nothing to do with the ticketing.
"FIFA and the OC [local organizing committee] would like to reiterate that this friendly match has no relation whatsoever with the operational organization of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, for which we remain fully confident," FIFA said in a statement.

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