Blatter backs World Cup


MADRID, January 26 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday stressed he was confident the summer World Cup finals would go off without a hitch in South Africa and urged observers to dispense with any lingering doubts regarding the host nation's capacity to stage the event successfully.
"We should have confidence in the organisers – let’s have an end to any doubts because having doubts does not move you forward in life," Blatter told anews conference on a visit to Madrid.

"In Africa we can bring about something important in the history of humanity," said Blatter, saying Africa deserved to stage the jamboree for the first time as "the continent has given much to the world of football.

"South Africa attracts 11 million tourists a year. I don’t understand these doubts when it comes to (staging) football. On the contrary when last June we staged the Confederations Cup we had no security problems," Blatter stressed.