England football fans scared by White Supremacist leader’s murder

April 12th, 2010 - 7:00 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 12 (ANI): The murder of White Supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche has spread fear among football lovers, and fans are already beginning to boycott this summer’s World Cup in South Africa.

One of the competition’s biggest hospitality contracts has flopped and other supporters, hit by rising costs, have cancelled trips amid concern over racial tensions.

It was predicted that 35,000 England fans would travel to South Africa this summer, but it is now believed only 10,000 to 20,000 will make the trip. With so few followers, it could be England’s worst ever supported team in a major tournament.

England fans Simon and Lynda Copson, who have missed just one England game over the last 12 years and have visited 83 countries, have scrapped plans to travel after making provisional bookings, the Daily Express reports.

Simon, 43, a business consultant from Pinner, Middlesex, said: “It is a massive decision not to go because we have been to all the European and World Cup games since 2000. The murder of Terreblanche just makes us certain. There could be an impact and I don’t think it’s good news at all.”

Simon’s wife Lynda, 47, added: “The costs are horrendous and while safety was not an overriding factor - we are seasoned travellers - South Africa is not as safe as many countries.”

White and Black protesters had to be kept apart last week as a man and teenager appeared in court accused of killing Terreblanche, 69.

Police and army units in order to avoid potential clashes between White separatists and local Black people patrolled his funeral last Friday attended by 3,000 people.

Farmer Jan de Wet, 38, a Terreblanche follower, said: “It’s not safe for England fans to come here for the World Cup.”

Two Black farm workers are accused of bludgeoning Terreblanche to death at his farm last Saturday in a dispute over wages, the Daily Express reports. (ANI)

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