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Monday, 17 July, 2000, 10:54 GMT 11:54 UK
Should Africa boycott the World Cup?
Fifa has started an internal inquiry into the voting system which many have said is deeply flawed.
Should Africa retaliate by boycotting the World Cup?
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
Sosten Lungu, Zambia
With the exception of Argentina and Brazil, all world-class football is played in Europe and European finance has built football into the game that it is today. Africa has not earned the right to host the World Cup and should stop complaining. There is no room for political correctness in the game. An African boycott would be meaningless as nobody would notice their absence.
All Africa has to do is to win the World Cup then she can dictate to the rest of the world. Until then, stop moaning.
I think it is about time Africans got their priorities right. Hosting the World Cup is a luxury that Africa shouldn't even be thinking of! Use the money to buy drugs for AIDS patients.
Africa should send a message by boycotting the 2006 World Cup. What happened in Zurich last week was a sign that FIFA's system of choosing a host nation is not only unfair but a disgrace. In my opinion, sorry is not enough and unless they do something about this system and Africa is guaranteed to be able to host the 2010 World Cup, no African should take part.
The entire FIFA debacle is an example of petulant Eurocentrism and reflects the corruption rampant in international sport across the spectrum. Africa should boycott, as should every other group that finds this kind of nepotism unpalatable.
To boycott such an event as the World Cup would be an act of resignation. Behind the transparency of the World Cup bidding process lies a cold truth. In six years time there is no guarantee that South Africa will be ready to stage such an event, but in ten years time they will be far better placed to stage an African World Cup.
Africa should flex its muscles and boycott the so-called World Cup. A time when we thought that apartheid was over, FIFA has shown us that we are dreaming.
The decision against South Africa was not fair but boycotts are not the way. They will achieve nothing and will deprive many young men of their only opportunity to play in a World Cup. What goes without argument is that South Africa must do something about their crime statistics. The high crime rate is the one single justification for the loss of the World Cup. The Government should look to its own role in the crime wave. We know that many of the criminals, the so-called "lost generation", are people who helped the government get elected. It is time they were brought to heel. The damage they are doing is outweighing their past contribution.
Amare Teklu, USA
This has got nothing to do with Africa vs Europe - this is politics and it has no place in football. The sooner they do away with all of the old guard at FIFA the better. True football fans should join together and demand that an investigation takes place. We shouldn't make this into a fight between countries, it is a fight between politicians and football fans.
Boycotting the World Cup would hurt African Soccer.
A good example for this is Ethiopia's boycott of the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. The true victims of the boycott were Ethiopian athletes and the growth of track and field in that country.
I think Africa should participate in 2006 but with the threat that they will boycott 2010 if it doesn't go to an African host.
Boycotting the 2006 World Cup will only serve the interests of those wealthy Western nations who think it is their God-given right to host such events. Africa should go to Germany, win the final and bring the Cup home!
The actions of Zimbabwe in the previous months have done nothing to help improve the image of the region. Now that their over-zealous police have killed 13, what hope is there for a major football tournament in southern Africa?
Bangang Suhtah, Germany
What's the point of African countries boycotting the World Cup? Bluntly put, the richer nations will probably hardly notice their absence.
In any case this is about reputation. If African teams don't do well in the Cup, they won't be considered important and without the money they will get for playing, they won't improve.
You all have lost the plot!! Don't blame Charles Dempsey - in his shoes you would have all done exactly same thing. I think South Africa, and the rest of Africa should accept what has been dealt here and stop their crying. All of Africa should enter the World Cup 2006 and play their best, make the world stand up and take a look. Come on everyone, stop looking for blame and start along the road for 2010!
This is a clear mistreatment of Africa. Africa has been cheated. Africa has been short-changed. Democracy has been manipulated. Dempsey has once again exposed the hypocrisy of the Western world. I sympathise with Johannesburg and the Confederation of African Football. Africa should not only boycott the World Cup, they should pull out of FIFA as well.
This is an insult to all Africans and all African countries should withdraw from FIFA.
All players of African origin based in European countries should also not participate in the 2006 World Cup. It is high time the Europeans learnt that the days they considered themselves soccer kings are over. It looks like they are scared of Africa winning the Cup.
K. Ndluli, Zimbabwean in UK
On the one hand Africa begs for international aid, gets it and then spends the rest of the time criticising the countries that have given it to them.
Africa should not expect to get the World Cup just because they have never had it.
Why does a country like South Africa that has millions of its citizens dying of disease and deprivation want to spend millions of dollars on what is essentially a party for the privileged? You cannot beg for money to buy medicine for your children one day and then throw a huge party the next. Wake up and smell coffee, you idiots!
Charles Dempsey and FIFA committed no crime. They were merely performing their role in a poorly thought-out process.
Allowing politics to enter such decisions is the real crime.
Frank A. Howard III, USA
Boycotting the tournament will not help matters. Africa should look into ways of forcing an amendment in the rules to allow for rotational hosting of the tournament.
I do not think that boycotting the World Cup is the mature and sensible way to respond to this perceived ill treatment of Africa.
It is heartening to know that FIFA is already re-appraising the current voting system. Perhaps African countries should be ensuring that this "promised" enquiry is not just another ploy to dampen the wave of disappointment and anger that is felt by everyone.
The "World" Cup is not just the game of "Europe". There can no longer be any reason to delude ourselves that the game is the sole passion of Europeans if one considers the considerable number of non-European football "stars" on that continent.
A terrible shame but South Africa after years of isolation from world sport, cannot afford to boycott the World Cup. Go out there and win it South Africa! Prove to the likes of Peter Hain that although South Africa does not receive a fair break, you are above such petty behaviour.
Dempsey had specific instructions to vote for South Africa on behalf of OFF. He was not there to vote on his own personal whims. His vote should be declared invalid, especially as he did not even bother to visit the country to look at their facilities. It appears he was on an agenda designed to scupper South Africa's bid. Dempsey, his motives and tactics should be under official investigation.
I believe Africa should not only boycott the World Cup but it should even consider withdrawing its membership of FIFA. This is an indication of undermining black people despite all they have done for football as a sport. Maybe soccer is a way of uniting only those people who consider themselves superior to the black man.
Developed countries always advertise democracy, but FIFA did not set an example of how it should be done. South Africa, as well as other African countries that sympathise with the situation, should boycott the event.
I strongly believe that if there is foul play, not only Africa but also other countries that believe in fairness, should boycott the World Cup. If FIFA takes proper action to this foul play and openly apologises for these mishaps, the 2006 should not be boycotted. However, South Africa must be allowed to host the 2010 World Cup.
A Catch 22! On the one hand, a boycott would show the degree of contempt and disgust felt by the continent of Africa and particularly South Africa for FIFA. On the other, why should Africans deprive themselves of participation because of a flawed system which is heavily and unfairly weighed in favour of wealthy European Countries? Africa is the loser in all scenarios.
Africans should never participate in the World Cup ever again. Europeans have dominated football for such a long time that I do not ever see Africa hosting a World Cup let alone winning it. In every facet of life we have been maligned, I'm not surprised at what happened.
For far too long the world has treated Africa and its people as inferior. Now with what must be termed a vote that was not free and fair, Africa has lost out on the right to host the World Cup. Soccer is the most popular sport in Africa and Africans have been denied the opportunity to experience the World Cup first hand. Africa should boycott the World Cup unless FIFA reverses their decision not to have a revote.
Not only should South Africa boycott the tournament if there is no revote, all qualifying countries from Africa should do the same.
This is just another mistreatment of Africa by the West. In my opinion, if FIFA refuse the call for another vote, Africa should boycott. Shame on Charles Dempsey of OFF.
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