Turkey 2013: FIFA assures Nigeria, others of security of World Cup participants

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Turkey, the host country of the 2013 World Cup, is currently embroiled in embroiled in civil disobedience.

The Federation of International Football Association, FIFA, has assured that all those involved in the U-20 World Cup in Turkey are safe despite media reports on the riots in major cities of the country.

Anti-government protests have been going on for about two weeks in the major cities of Istanbul and Ankara causing police to exert force on the protesters.

The U-20 World Cup kicks off on June 21 with an opening game between debutantes, Cuba and South Korea.

Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana and Mali will represent Africa at the tournament.

In a circular dated June 11, and signed by FIFA’s deputy secretary general Markus Kattner, the football body said the protests will not disrupt the World Cup.

The world football governing body said they are in regular contact with the Turkish government as regards security and received further assurances from the Turkish National Police.


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