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England-U.S. match threatened

April 9, 2010
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- A FIFA executive says a terrorist threat has been made on the World Cup.

Secretary general Jerome Valcke commented Friday regarding an online magazine article that said "how beautiful" it would be if a bomb exploded at the U.S.-England game June 12 in the South African city of Rustenburg.

Valcke says World Cup organizers are working at the "highest level of security."

The comments appeared to come from a contributor to a militant online magazine called "Yearners for Paradise," not the usual sites used by al-Qaida and other groups to make threats.

In the article, the author says he is not a spokesman for al-Qaida.

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