Blatter slams reporting of violence in Afcon 2015

Blatter slams reporting of violence in Afcon 2015
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Published February 8th, 2015 - 15:37 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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A police helicopter flies over the stadium during an interruption of the 2015 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana in Malabo.
A police helicopter flies over the stadium during an interruption of the 2015 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana in Malabo.

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has accused western media of dramatising the crowd violence which marred the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea on Thursday, saying there should be more stories about "princesses marrying" instead.

Projectiles were hurled at players and supporters, a police helicopter was called to disperse fans in the stadium and conflict continued outside the ground after the match, which was delayed for over half an hour before Ghana prevailed 3-0.

But Blatter insisted: "Good news is no news, bad news is news. We only talk about the bad. Football - which is such a good thing - let it live, leave it in peace, it's well organised, let them do it.

He added: "I don't see the negative side of African football that the media presents.

"Today the world opens the newspapers, watches television, and sees only murders and killing. We never talk about princesses marrying any more."

Confederation of African Football chief, Issa Hayatou, also waded in by saying: "The western media are simply here to perpetuate colonisation."

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