South Africa had previously accused Sir Bobby Charlton of unfairly commenting on the crime issue. Now, South Africa?s High Commission in London has written an angry letter to the UK government complaining about ?vitriolic? attacks and ?negative campaigning?.
South Africa alleges that supporters of England?s bid are secretly briefing journalists to run damaging stories about the country?s high level of murder and violent crime.
However, Alec McGivan, director Of England?s 2006 campaign has denied the allegations. He responded: ?I?m very concerned that the South Africans seem to go out of their way to pick arguments with us, but we aren?t going to play that game.?