Football is slavery, says Libya's Khadafi
Libyan leader Mohammad Khadafi said, "the millions spent on the World Cup should be spent fighting poverty in developing countries."Updated: Jun 13, 2006 17:19 IST
Libyan leader Mohammad Khadafi blasted football as modern-day slavery and said, “ The millions spent on the World Cup, should be spent fighting poverty in developing countries.
" FIFA has reactivated the slavery system and the trade in human beings from Africa to Europe, America to Latin America." " The children of poor countries have become the slaves of the rich ones." " Football's governing body is not doing enough to fight racism in the game," said by the dictator and avid football fan.
The Libyan national team, the Greens, have never reached the World Cup, coming closest in the lead up to the 1986 event in Mexico before losing to Morocco.
However, Khadafi's third son, Al-Saadi Khadafi, 33, formerly captain of the national team and president of the Libyan Football Federation, is one of a multitude of African players that have been lured to Europe.
He joined Italian Serie a team Perugia in 2003 where, after just one game, he was banned from playing for three months after testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid madrilène.
The striker was also a board member of Juventus, through Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company's 7.5% stake in the top Italian club, before resigning to join Perugia.
First Published: Jun 13, 2006 17:19 IST