Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Belize national team held at gunpoint while in Haiti for World Cup qualifier



The Belize national soccer team was briefly held at gunpoint on Monday after it had arrived in Haiti for its World Cup qualifier.

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The team, which had a four-man police escort, was on a bus traveling from the airport to its hotel when it was stopped by armed men on motorbikes. A video of the incident, taken from inside the team bus, has been making the rounds on social media.

The team's police escort was able to negotiate with the armed men and the bus was eventually allowed to continue on.

Haiti has been in a state of emergency since March 18 and is currently experiencing intense political and economical turmoil ahead of several elections in the coming months, including a constitutional referendum.

Belize's soccer federation (FFB) released a statement on Monday condemning the incident, and communicated that the team is shaken but unharmed.

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