Korea gears up for World Cup

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Updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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South Korean military forces staged an anti-terrorist drill on Thursday at the Sangam World Cup stadium in Seoul. The stadium in South Korea is one of the venues for the World Cup Soccer 2002 beginning on May 31. Special anti-terrorist units took part in the exercise, which involved the taking of hostages by a group of terrorists posing as a camera crew. Security has been a major consideration for the World Cup organisers in both Korea and Japan in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in New York last September. South Korea's military will be on high alert throughout the tournament and the authorities are confident that their highly trained forces will be more than a match for any possible terrorist action. Henry gets three game ban Arsenal striker Thierry Henry was slapped with a three-match ban by the Football Association for his verbal attack on referee Graham Poll. Henry launched into an angry post-match confrontation with Poll after the referee had sent off Ray Parlour and awarded Newcastle a controversial late penalty in the north London club's 3-1 English Premiership home defeat on December 18 last year. The ban, which begins from March 21, will mean that Henry misses the games against West Ham United, Sunderland and Charlton Athletic.

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