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ITV Security Guard Plotted To Kill Mugabe At 2010 World Cup Final, Commentator Claims

An ITV security guard reportedly plotted to kill the late former president Robert Mugabe at the World Cup Final in South Africa in 2010 by breaking his neck, a sports commentator has claimed.

The Daily Mail reported sports journalist Ned Boulting (53) as saying the security guard blamed Mugabe for his brother’s death and that it was his “lifetime ambition” to kill him.

Referring to the man under the pseudonym Peter, Boulting said that the guard had seen his opportunity following the announcement that Mugabe would be a VIP guest at the final in Johannesburg.

He said that Peter told an ITV cameraman that he would “snap Mugabe’s neck”- 32 minutes into the second half of the match between Spain and the Netherlands.

Speaking on The Never Strays Far podcast, he explained that Peter had claimed he had meetings with some Zimbabwean opposition leaders and the British foreign secretary at the time in Cape Town. Said Boulting:

He had basically been hired, potentially, to carry out the assassination, and still wanted to do it.

The cameraman I was working with said ‘You can do it, but we’ve got to agree a time’, because he had a pitch side position behind one of the goals and all the cameramen were focusing on the football.

Boulting said the man had planned to get into the royal box and jump Robert Mugabe and snap his neck.

Even though the attack never happened, Boulting, who is ITV’s lead commentator for the Tour de France, believes that the man did want to kill Mugabe.

More: Daily Mail

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