- Egypt During last summer's Confederations Cup, also hosted by South Africa, the Egyptian soccer team were robbed in their hotel rooms by women they had escorted home, says Dashiell Bennett at Deadspin. He says, "The robbery report was initially a black eye to South Africa, which desperately needs to convince the rest of the planet that they can come to the World Cup next year and not get ravaged by thugs, charlatans, and grifters on their way in from the airport."
- Colombia While not actually participating in the World Cup this
year, the Colombian national team did travel to South Africa for a
friendly game a few weeks back and were promptly robbed. Michael Tunison
at the Sporting Blog says, "That they ended up losing the exhibition
2-1 isn't any great shakes, but the fact that the team was robbed one
day after being in the country, while staying at a five-star hotel,
likely won't do much to allay the ample security concerns visitors will
have as the Cup approaches."
- South Korea Commenting on today's story, Angel
at Breaking Football News says, "it appears that South Korean
journalists have been the most targeted so far, when an SBS film crew
was strangled in a Johannesburg grocery store restroom and robbed. The
man managed to stay unhurt despite passing out, while another South
Korean journalist was robbed last Sunday in Durban."
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