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Posted by on May 21, 2010 in Current Events, Sport | 2 comments

Paraguay 2010 Squad Robbed In France – Haters Stay Remarkably Quiet

I just stumbled over a Reuters report that Paraguay’s 2010 World Cup squad suffered a robbery at their training base in France.

The theft of a reported $110,000 (!!!) occurred in the room of a team director, Rogelio Cattebeke, at the Hilton in Evian les Bains close to the Swiss border, team press officer Gilda Arrua said.

“The French police have already intervened and are on the trail of the possible author of the crime,” Arrua told the Asuncion radio station Cardinal. The theft occurred while the team were training and the press officer was at the airport meeting two players who flew in to join up with the squad.

The Paraguayan online newspaper ABC Digital said a person with a Latin accent passed himself off as a team director to get into the room.

The theft took place on Monday according to the source, when the thief – said to be of Paraguayan appearance and dressed in sports attire – pretended to be a member of the Paraguayan delegation.

The man had a key to one of the rooms which he showed at the reception desk and claimed he was having trouble with the safe in that room – the staff helped him gain access, and he subsequently fled the scene after taking the money.

A quick Google search for this story shows no first page listing from any of the major international media bodies – no BBC, no CNN, no Guardian newspaper, and not even our dear friends at The Sun.

If this had happened in South Africa it would be all over the media, yet when things go wrong in their own backyards, the haters remain strangely quiet.

Double standards much, Euro-dudes?

2 Comments

  1. Yep. Coincidently I'm reading an article in the Daily Mail about our theft and am going to leave a snarky comment about them overlooking the Paraguay incident.

  2. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

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