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By The Telegraph Online in Johannesburg
  • Published 27.06.10
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Jabulani is not alright, says Fifa

Johannesburg: Fifa has finally acknowledged that there may be something wrong with the Jabulani, but won’t act on the problem until after the tournament. ”We’re not deaf,” Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said at a news conference. “Fifa is not unreceptive about what has been said about the ball.” Valcke said that Fifa will discuss the matter with coaches and teams after the World Cup.

Pay cut

Johannesburg: Serbian Football Association (FSS) president Tomislav Karadzic has said the national team’s coach Radomir Antic will have to take a pay cut after their first round World Cup exit in South Africa. Karadzic criticised Antic’s tactics in Serbia’s 2-1 defeat by Australia which resulted in a group stage exit and said the failure to reach the knockout rounds had cost the FSS an estimated $5 million.

On their toes

Bloemfontein: South African police are not expecting trouble but are prepared for any eventuality as they gear up for Sunday’s England versus Germany, they said on Saturday. “We have consulted with key figures for all countries as a protective measure,” police chief spokesman Vish Naidoo said.

Mud slinging

Johannesburg: Tensions between the World Cup’s two top local officials erupted into the open when the organising committee’s chief executive accused the chairman of waging a war against him. After newspapers reported his brother was cashing in on the World Cup through a hospitality contract, chief executive Danny Jordaan accused chairman Irvin Khoza of instigating a “malicious” smear campaign.

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