One of the focal points of THE ROOKIE is the violence and hatred between governments. That hatred is the reason that GFL "team busses" have diplomatic immunity across all systems -- buses can not be boarded or searched, players can not be arrested or questioned (save for extreme situations).

If you haven't heard the story, the Togo national team was competing in the Africa Cup. The team bus was attacked and three players -- elite footballers in the prime of their lives -- were killed. The attackers now claim it the bus was the wrong target, but high-profile national athletes have always been targets and will always be targets.

A tragic situation that turns the joy and equality of sports into pure sadness.

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Damn....

 That sucks that happened, not much else to say but that...

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Does someone go into the park and, uh... lift up the dinosaurs' skirts?

 

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Does someone go into the park and, uh... lift up the dinosaurs' skirts?

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had seen that one

had seen that one previously, as i was following several players within the tournament.  will be interesting to see the impact on WC security.

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Pointless death...

The Irishman from Ohio

The Irishman from Ohio
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This is so sad

nothing else I can think to say

Pusher and member of the Gutter Sistren
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This is gonna be bad for the

This is gonna be bad for the World Cup. They've had so many setbacks and problems but this is the worst!

 

Molly McButters is my Homeboy!

 

 

Molly McButters is my Homeboy!

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Wow

Geez that's insane and insanely sucky. :\

"Urban legends go well with parmesan and horror. In fact their name is conveniently one and the same: Stevie." {UNdead GirlCo Knight for Sigler}

"Clever girl." ~Jurassic Park {GirlCo w/ dreads for Sigler}

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Wow, that's awful.

I'm sure those guys will never look at the team bus the same again. Sad.

BigJohn

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Gutter Sistren whipping boy, innoventor of words, Life Coach to the Damned.

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ugh...

I'm all for fictional violence...but we really need to learn to stop killing each other.  "Wrong target" is a cop out.  Senseless murder.

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Seriously

Not only is it a cop out, it also doesn't make anything better. Just assumes more violence.

"Urban legends go well with parmesan and horror. In fact their name is conveniently one and the same: Stevie." {UNdead GirlCo Knight for Sigler}

"Clever girl." ~Jurassic Park {GirlCo w/ dreads for Sigler}

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the follow up news says

the follow up news says something about politics affecting sport, as Togo have been kicked out of the world cup for withdrawing from the African cup of nations after the attack, the team couldn't even mourn their team mates in peace before UEFA kicked them out

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Hate to correct the fdo but........

Em I Hate to correct the fdo but the three men shot dead wernt players it was the driver and 2 team managers I also think it is a discrace that they have been band from the next 2 african cup of nations
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pointless and retarded

I can't believe people will attack and kill in this fashion.

interesting that the rookie had this terrorist issues, life imitating art...

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