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Haiti Horror

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010 16:56

The former Haitian dictator Papa Doc Duvalier
The former Haitian dictator Papa Doc Duvalier

The minnows from Haiti scarcely deserved to be in at the 1974 finals in West Germany finals in the first place.

Under the regime of Papa Doc Duvalier, they had played their final qualifying match at home, beating Trinidad, who had four goals disallowed!

Haiti's fine display in their first match against Italy, which they lost 3-1, was overshadowed afterwards when defender Ernst
Jean-Joseph became the first player in the World Cup to fail a dope test.

Jean-Joseph was hauled into his training camp, held against his will and beaten up by his own officials.

Terrified, he telephoned two neutral officials who attempted to intervene on his behalf.

Amazingly they themselves were reprimanded, and Jean-Joseph was flown home to Haiti to face the music.

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