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The World Cup local organising committee (LOC) scored a shambolic own goal yesterday.
The media, including representatives of the international press and television, walked out en bloc from a scheduled briefing yesterday afternoon.
The walkout, which will have embarrassing repercussions worldwide, was agreed on when none of the board members of LOC had arrived 70 minutes after the stipulated "1pm sharp" starting time at the plush Westcliff Hotel in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.
Tumi Makgabo, LOC communications manager, said she had tried three times to find out why the board members, including chairman Irvin Khoza, chief executive Danny Jordaan and Fifa secretary-general Ernst Linsi, failed to turn up, but had only been told "they were involved in a meeting of their own at the hotel".
One local reporter said: "We have become accustomed to this kind of thick-skinned arrogance and disrespect, but we had hoped matters would change."
A member of LOC's marketing company, when asked if the members of the 21-man World Cup board were "having lunch", could neither confirm nor deny this, "because we don't know ourselves what is happening." - Sapa and Sowetan