Although preparing for their own tournaments, top champs from other sports are not immune to WC fever. So Usain Bolt, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Fernando Alonso have been keeping an eye firmly on what is happening in South Africa.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt said, “I chose Argentina, who had a good team and good players, such as (Gabriel) Batistuta”, he recalled , a fan of current Argentine star Lionel Messi.
Swiss legend Roger Federer is also keeping abreast of the developments. “I hope the Swiss do well and so I am supporting Switzerland and South Africa," says Federer, whose mother Lynette is South African.
Nadal is a Real Madrid and Spain fan and he passed on his “good luck (to the Spanish) that they will carry off the title.”
And there will be a difference of opinion at Ferrari, as Fernando Alonso goes for Spain and Felipe Massa for Brazil. “I told Felipe that when it comes to the World Cup we will leave them (the Brazilians) standing,” said Alonso with a smile.
FIFA orders probe into laser incident
London: FIFA has ordered a probe into security at Ellis Park in Johannesburg after a green laser pen was shone at players and coach Diego Maradona during the match between Argentina and Nigeria.
FIFA said in a statement: "We noticed this incident once and immediately asked the stadium security to look into the matter. According to the information that we have at this time, the incident only occurred once. Also at the time of writing, we have not received any comment from any of the teams."
Twitter warns of outages during WC
New York: With World Cup frenzy gripping online users, micro-blogging site Twitter has warned of possible outages due to heavy traffic.
During the tournament that will continue until July 11, a significant surge in activity is expected, according to a blog posted by a Twitter engineer.