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World Cup Diary: Sarkozy's Bertie homage breaking and entering

Published 25/06/2010 | 05:00

They may already be back home, but the French are still making headlines in South Africa with general bemusement regarding Thierry Henry's vanity summit with Nicolas Sarkozy.

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FIFA were asked for their opinion on this matter, considering they have taken a strong line in the past on government intervention in football affairs in Iran and Kenya -- although in those cases, the ruling party were taking a slightly a more forceful role in team affairs.

Still, it would be no harm if the governing authorities took a strong line on shameless, ego-driven political interference in sport -- particularly in countries where, as recently as the last decade, the state broadcaster has allowed the current leader to appear on a flagship highlights programme as an analyst. Apparently the same leader tried to get involved in his own country's World Cup dispute, and was even awarded a newspaper column on sporting matters for reasons undetermined. What kind of twisted, backward country would do such a thing?

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People in Port Elizabeth, the city that hosted England's win over Slovenia, regard themselves as laid back. Perhaps a little too laid back. Certainly, the taxi companies take a liberal approach to time-keeping.

Like the guy encountered by the Irish Independent who revelled in turning up for appointments half an hour late without as much as an apology and then took a relaxed attitude to locking himself out of a vehicle badly in need of an NCT. Apparently, this happens often.

So he jimmied around with the boot a bit and managed to break it open, climb in, squeeze over the back seat and unlock the door that way.

Amusing in normal circumstances, but not when there's a plane to catch.

Irish Independent

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