Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Woman killed at resort that's set to host England manager Capello and players' WAGs

New fears have been sparked over World Cup crime after a woman was murdered at the South African hotel complex where England boss Fabio Capello is due to stay next week.

Police said worker Colleen van Eyk, 60, was found dead on Monday at the exclusive Sun City resort near Rustenburg, 20 miles from the hotel the England team is expected to use as its headquarters during this summer's tournament.

The killing comes just days before Capello is due to lead an FA contingent on a scheduled visit to Sun City for a key Fifa pre-World Cup conference and 113 days before the tournament begins.

Police launched an investigation after being called to the resort when a colleague discovered Ms van Eyk's body. The flat is within Sun City's South Village accommodation area, about a mile from the centre of the resort.

A spokeswoman for the resort said: 'We assure that we will work very closely with police to ensure her death is properly investigated.' The Sun City killing is likely to prompt further concern over violent crime ahead of the World Cup.

Organisers have repeatedly stated they expect the event to pass peacefully after it kicks off on June 11. But official government statistics show 50 people are killed every day in South Africa, where car-jackings and violent muggings are also common.

The Fifa conference at Sun City will see the resort host about 500 delegates from the 32 qualified World Cup countries.

The event launches on Friday with a medical conference involving team doctors.

Fifa bosses last week stated that Capello had confirmed his attendance at a subsequent three-day workshop, which starts on Monday involving head coaches, managers and support staff.

He is due to be joined by foreign counterparts including Brazilian coach Carlos Dunga, France's Raymond Domenec and Italian manager Marcello Lippi.

Sun City has been dubbed South Africa's Las Vegas.

The isolated resort lies in the middle of the country's North West province bushveld, around a two hour drive from Johannesburg. It was founded by South African hotel magnate Sol Kerzner and contains four exclusive hotels as well as casinos, entertainment venues and golf courses.

It has been suggested that the English WAGs could use the resort as their World Cup base.

The England squad is expected to use the secluded Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus facility in nearby Phokeng as its team headquarters, but Capello is believed to have banned the wives and girlfriends from the site.

Source: Mail Online

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