INTRODUCTION: The controversial tour of South Africa by a party of British soccer players has been called off.
SV PAN Players with black children at soccer clinic
SV PAN Player and youngster in practice area
SV Arsenal player Willie Young giving heading practice to youngsters (4 shots)
GV Youngsters watch as players practice (3 shots)
GV PAN Players and youngsters playing together in practice match
CU George Thabe (Pres. S.A. Football Council) speaking
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 6. THABE: "We have no alternative but to call off the tour. At the outset we wish advice that all the players who arrived here had permission from their clubs to play games, but it would seem like the pressures brought against them caused the biggest clubs under pressure from the F.A. to give instructions to their players not to take party in any games."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The controversial tour of South Africa by a party of British soccer players has been called off. In announcing the cancellation, the President of the South African Football Council George Thabe blamed pressure from abroad. Mr. Thabe said British clubs, the English Football Association and FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, had threatened sanctions against the touring players.
SYNOPSIS: The 14 British soccer players were to have taken part in a four-game tour.
A series of coaching-clinics was organised with players such as Willie Young of the London club Arsenal, passing on their expertise to youngsters. Soccer is probably South Africa's most multi-racial sport, with whites and blacks in top league teams and at other levels.
A spokesman for the touring party said the players were not prepared to risk their futures, after warnings of possible breach of contract. The president of the South African Football Council, George Thabe announced the cancellation in Johannesburg.