Speaking Of Soccer......
John A. Quayle
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Sun Jul 11 22:08:14 MDT 1999
Orange County Register
Large crowd greets Clinton with boos
NOTES: Some delays are created by security precautions taken by the Secret
July 11, 1999
By SCOTT M. REID, JANIS CARR and EUGENE W. FIELDS
The Orange County Register
Sunday, July 11, 1999
PASADENA When President Clinton finally showed up 17 minutes into
Saturday afternoon's United States-China Women's World Cup final Saturday,
many in the Rose Bowl crowd of 90,185 welcomed him with a chorus of boos.
The President's party was supposed to arrive at 12:40 p.m., early enough
for the match's 12:50 kickoff. In anticipation of his arrival, the Secret
Service and other security forces blocked several entrances into the Rose
Bowl. The result was several bottlenecks. Even Marla Messing, CEO of World
Cup '99, missed the pre-match ceremonies and the game's first 10 minutes.
Clinton then created a series of similar delays after the match.
"Right now (Clinton and his party) are a thorn in the side," FIFA
communications director Keith Cooper said. "There is another expression I
could use, but we'll go with that one today."
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