The World Cup, which begins in South Africa in 45 days has placed increasing amounts of emphasis on it’s security. On Tuesday, according to a security expert from Germany’s parliament, “the security precautions taken by South Africa in the run up to the football World Cup meet the highest standards. We are very impressed by the professionalism of the security forces, especially at the leadership level, as well as by the preparations for the World Cup in general.”
Frank Hofmann, the security expert said that fans from all around the world should, especially Europe, should not be deterred by the purportedly high security threat to visitors, which he believes has no factual basis and blames on the British tabloids that continually run and report the stories.
The politician has particularly been impressed with how well South Africa has worked in conjunction with security forces from the countries participating in the World Cup as well as the smoothness of the security arrangements that have been made. He said everything has pretty much gone on without a hitch.
South Africa’s frequent violent crime problem has been a major reason for the lack of ticket sales, especially in Europe. Out of the 2.2 million tickets sold so far, Germans, who are normally extremely passionate fans, have bought only just over 32 thousand, while fans in the United States (where soccer isnt as popular) have bought just shy of 120 thousand tickets. British fans have bought just 67 thousand tickets while the hometown South Africans have bought nearly one million.
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