Should the Honduras-United States World Cup Qualifier Be Moved?

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Should the Honduras-United States World Cup Qualifier Be Moved?
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On June 28, 2009, Honduras' president Manuel Zelaya got removed from his position as president by the military acting on orders of the Honduran Supreme Court, and was sent to Costa Rica in exile.

However, Zelaya never quit his job as president, and on September 21, he snuck his way back into Honduras and went into the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, where he currently is.

However, as a result of this, the military is now surrounding the embassy. Brazil refuses to give into the orders to give up Zelaya, stating that they didn't sneak him into the country, and he should still remain president of Honduras.

As a result of all of this, Honduras is currently in a state of panic, as there is fighting going on in the streets, and Brazil still won't turn in Zelaya to the Honduras government.

Another result of this is that no one now knows if Honduras will be able to play the United States in an important World Cup qualifier on October 10, which is supposed to take place in Honduras.

Currently, Honduras is holding the third and final qualifying spot from CONCACAF, as they are ahead of Costa Rica by just one point.

However, if the United States wins this match, they will automatically qualify for the 2010 World Cup, and will also put a big dent in Honduras's plans to get into the World Cup.

But, there now is a strong possibility that the Honduras-United States game will be moved to a neutral site, as hosting the game in Honduras could be too dangerous for any of the players to participate in.

Currently, US Soccer is investigating if it will be safe enough for the Americans to play in on October 10, and if it isn't, the Americans will have the right to ask if they could move the game elsewhere.

However, FIFA's number two man in charge, Jerome Valcke, stated that he doesn't see a reason to move the match elsewhere. He stated that as long as everything will get back into proper order by October 10, the match will be played in Honduras.

However, Valcke also stated that if the United States State Department does not allow the United States to go to the match, FIFA would have to consider moving the match to a neutral venue, as it could be harmful to the players and officials playing in the match.

Currently, the United States State Department is deferring all American nonessential travel to Honduras, but travel isn't completely restricted to the torn nation.

If the match were to be moved to a neutral venue, both countries and FIFA would have to agree to the place where the match were to be played.

So, I will ask you the reader this: Due to the recent political turmoil in Honduras, should the Unites States-Honduras World Cup qualifier be moved to a neutral site?

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