Jordaan defends host nation

WC boss accuses critics of 'double standards'

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Jordaan defends host nation

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World Cup boss Danny Jordaan has accused those voicing fears over this summer's tournament being hosted in South Africa of 'double standards'.

Organisations have voiced their concern of the location of the eagerly awaited 2010 event in the wake of the attack on the Togo team prior to the start of the African Cup of Nations.

Their bus came under fire when crossing the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo into the Angolan enclave of Cabinda last week.

Jordaan, though, has slammed suggestions that playing this year's World Cup in South Africa could be a risk.

Stating the two are very different countries, he says such worries would never exist had those recent events happened in a different nation.

Double standards

"Why are people suddenly applying double standards?" he said to the News of the World.

"When there are terrorist attacks in Europe, do we hear about the 2012 London Olympics being under threat? No.

"Angola and South Africa are two separate geographical areas, two separate countries.

"Besides, the African Nations Cup is not the World Cup."

Cowards

Jordaan condemned the attacks as 'cowardly' but said South Africa could not be held responsible for what happened.

"Angola was locked in a civil war for many years but, on the terrorism index, South Africa hardly features.

"All cowardly action must be condemned and not seen as an opportunist platform for attack.

"I'll be fully briefed about what happened but no country can take responsibility for the security of another."

The head of the World Cup in South Africa admitted his sadness at the attack and said he could not blame the Togo players for flying home.

"It's tragic," he said. "Sport is not about death, it's about life - it's about celebration and it's about enjoying the challenge and skills of (Emmanuel) Adebayor.

"But if mentally and physiologically they are not ready to continue then it would be unfair to expect them to continue in the competition."