Tuesday, June 1
There will, apparently, be 40,000 police on duty at the tournament with only 300,000 foreign football fans now expected to attend.
'The Sowetan' reports that 12 English football hooligans have been prevented from entering the country, while 3,200 Englishmen must surrender their passports in the next 7 days to inhibit them from travelling to South Africa.
The same paper carries a story about a wall being built around families living in a derelict building near the Cape Town stadium so that visiting fans are unable to see them.
In other news, warnings abound of xenophobia erupting once more when the tournament finishes, whilst all the national media in South Africa report that the World Cup ball, 'Jabulani' is a 'disaster' with players from Italy, England and South America critical of the 'strange behaviour' of the ball at altitude.
The US team arrived yesterday at OR Tambo International airport. The US will be the best supported team after South Africa with 136,000 tickets sold in the United States. (Although I suspect many of those purchasing tickets will be from immigrant backgrounds and are likely to follow a myriad of teams from Honduras to Mexico)