Say what? South African police hope U.S. loses

May, 7, 2010
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Must-read story of the day comes from Associated Press in South Africa, which quotes Bheki Cele, the country's police commissioner, as saying he hopes the U.S. fails to emerge from its group at the World Cup – so it can avoid a security nightmare should President Barack Obama decide to visit.



"One challenge is the American president, who is coming, not coming, coming, not coming," Cele said at a parliamentary police committee meeting in Cape Town, according to the AP story. "It's 50-50 as we stand. . . . Our famous prayer is that the Americans don't make the second round. They get eliminated, and they go home."

Cele said 43 heads of state had confirmed they will attend the World Cup, and that police had been told Obama might visit if the U.S. advances to the knockout stage. The work protecting “those 43 will be equal to this one operation,” if Obama does show up.

The U.S. is in Group 3 and will play England on June 12 in Rustenburg. They will then face Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg, and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.

If the Americans reach the second round, they would play either June 26 in Rustenburg or June 27 in Mangaung/Bloemfontein.

Read the whole story here at ESPN Soccernet.

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