Blatter praises South African football fans

June 26th, 2009 - 8:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, June 26 (DPA) World football supremo Joseph Blatter Friday praised South African fans for their enthusiastic support of both the home side and visiting teams in the ongoing Confederations Cup, a test run for next year’s World Cup.
“What has been outstanding was the fair play on the field and of the spectators,” the FIFA president said, noting that more than 90 percent of the spectators in the eight-nation tournament were South African.

While holding off on his final assessment on the event organisation until after Sunday’s final between Brazil and the US, Blatter told a press conference in Johannesburg: “There are sectors we have to improve.”

Among the areas that need improvement was transport, he said.

In an interview with SAfm public radio, the chief executive of the World Cup local organising committee Danny Jordaan also listed transport as well as security as the two main issues South Africa would have to address before a forecast 400,000 football fans descend on the country next year.

Although the Confederations Cup has passed off without any major security incident, Jordaan said South Africa had taken onboard persistent international concerns over the country’s high crime levels.

“We’re going to take measures to strengthen all security,” he said.

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