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Danny Jordaan hits back at Phil Brown

Danny Jordaan, the chief executive of South Africa's World Cup organising committee, has criticised Hull manager Phil Brown for claiming that the recent terrorist attack on the Togo team has called into question the viability of the World Cup.

• Jordaan's sympathy for Togo
• Police dismayed by concerns

Last Friday's attack by armed rebels, prior to the start of the African Nations Cup, has cast a long shadow over the tournament in Angola and some have further claimed that questions should be asked of the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer.

Jordaan has been quick to point out that his country has a successful history of hosting sporting events and has no separatist movements of the kind that committed the atrocity in Cabinda.

He has further been angered by Brown's comments after the manager said: "I am appalled. This throws a question mark against next summer's World Cup. You simply cannot put the safety of players, officials and fans at the slightest risk. That is totally unacceptable."

Jordaan insists he will be contacting the Hull City manager in order to discuss his comments regarding the tournament which starts on June 11.

"Phil Brown was saying the World Cup must be removed from South Africa," Jordaan told BBC World Service. "I found that very extraordinary. He is not well informed. I will give him a call and talk to him about it.

"If there is a security breach in any country it is the responsibility of that country, not ours. If Hull lose against Tottenham Hotspur they cannot play Manchester United because Manchester United were not there, so I cannot understand why you would make such an utterance.

"There was another call that the African Cup of Nations itself should be called off. But in the 1972 Olympics there was a massacre of Israeli athletes, and the Games had to continue because otherwise it's a victory for terrorists.

"And Arsene Wenger said if you don't do the same in Angola it is going to be a victim of terrorism. So there is one coach in the Premier League that I agree with and one that I disagree with."

Togo returned home following the attack on their coach, which left three dead and several wounded and, as they did not take part in Monday's fixture against Ghana, they have been officially disqualified from the competition.

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