Homeless teams 'too poor' for UK

Organisers of the Homeless World Cup have appealed to Tony Blair to reverse the ruling that saw five African football teams refused entry to the UK for being too poor.

Teams from Burundi, Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria and Kenya were due to take part in the annual global street soccer tournament starting today in Edinburgh.

The co-founder of the Homeless World Cup, Mel Young, said: "The decision raises some serious questions about the Government's commitment to alleviating poverty in Africa."

Embassy officials decided the players would not have enough money to support themselves in Scotland. The decision has left the teams out of pocket and missing out on an awareness-raising opportunity.

- See Communications, page 17.

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