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Argentina's Unjust Reward

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010 16:56

Argentinan fans brought plenty of colour to the '78 finals
Argentinan fans brought plenty of colour to the '78 finals

The scandal of the 1978 tournament in Argentina was not in the matches themselves, which were as good as any series that had gone before, but in its awarding to a country cowering under a particularly repressive military rule.

The Argentinian people paid a terrible price to stage the World Cup.

Millions of the junta's opponents had been murdered and tortured in the two years before the event and when the world's media arrived they were kept well away from the horrible truth.

The first president of the organising committee was blown up and a bomb exploded in a press facility.

Thousands of extra security measures were introduced and ensured the competition itself passed off as peacefully as it could in such shocking circumstances.

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