Wednesday, June 30, 2004

A creative soccer twist for Haiti

This just in. I'll be following up on this, to see if it works!

BRASILIA (AP) - Brazil will play an exhibition soccer match at Haiti in August, with spectators invited to swap firearms for tickets, Brazilian Sports Minister Agnelo Queiroz said.

Queiroz said Tuesday that Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will attempt to clear his agenda so he can attend the game.

Brazilian troops travelled to Haiti in May as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force. Their first act was to distribute 1,000 soccer balls to Haitian children.

Ricardo Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Soccer Federation, said he expects "the entire Brazilian team" to take part in the match, including top stars such as Ronaldo.

"We are all interested in taking part in this humanitarian gesture," Teixeira said.

Teixeira said tickets to the match will be handed out in exchange for firearms as part of an attempt to disarm rival factions in the country.

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