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No-fly zones to protect South Korean World Cup venues

“We will review our previous security plans as we cannot rule out terrorist acts during the 2002 World Cup,” officials said.

With more than 400,000 international visitors expected to attend the tournament and increased flights between South Korea and Japan, security will now be uppermost in the minds of the organisers.

Following the terrorist attack in the US, FIFA president Joseph Blatter has expressed his “determination to ensure that football does not capitulate in the face of violence”.

“In tragic circumstances such as these, football must symbolise the ideals of Fair Play and non-violence, and encourage people to respect the dignity of each and every human being,” Blatter stated. “ The world today is no longer the one we knew. But football must remain a beacon of hope.”

In a telephone conversation with the FIFA president yesterday, IOC President Jacques Rogge also confirmed that both the Mediterranean Games in Tunisia and the South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur would go ahead as planned.

FIFA said that four World Cup qualifying games scheduled to be played this weekend in Asia should be played – on the provision that the safety of everyone involved can be guaranteed.

The FIFA U-17 World Championship in Trinidad and Tobago will also begin, as planned, today providing that the government of the host nation confirms all of the necessary security guarantees.

FIFA said it fully supported UEFA’s decision not to postpone the Champions League matches on the evening of 11 September.