Government unhappy with soccer decision
Sport, Fitness and Leisure Minister Trevor Mallard said the
Government was extremely unhappy and disappointed with
Charlie Dempsey's role in the demise of South Africa's World
Cup Soccer bid.
"I'm shocked that one individual seems to
have abused his voting right by disregarding instructions on
voting requirements," Trevor Mallard said.
representative, Mr Dempsey was under instruction to support
the South African bid, once England had dropped out of the
ballot. The Government was aware of those instructions and
fully supported them.
"We received assurances from New
Zealand Soccer last night that the Oceania vote was to have
been used in that way.
"Though his abandonment of
his delegation, Mr Dempsey has damaged the international
reputation of the entire country as well as the sport of
soccer in New Zealand. His actions could cast doubt on New
Zealand’s reliability on the international stage.
World Cup finals have never been held in Africa and I am
distressed that New Zealand is associated with that chance
" While formal support for South Africa was
not within the Government's authority, the outcome reflects
badly on us and our close bilateral relationship –
particularly in the sporting arena," Trevor Mallard said.
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