Outside the Box: Someone trying to profit from a tragedy? Put your shirt on it

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Most shameless exploitation of the week comes from the company who, in the wake of the Togo tragedy in Angola, are pushing their range of "stab-resistant body armour" for football fans planning to attend next summer's World Cup. ProtektorVest suggest making their product into a combination of fashion item and billboard by decorating it with national flag on the front and business advert on the back. As a further incentive, the company website lists precisely what percentage of knives, firearms and blunt instruments are used on murder victims in South Africa. All this for $69.95, of which a magnificent one dollar will be donated to charity. Meanwhile, plans to attract local fans with lower ticket prices do not appear to be working. More tickets have been sold in the UK and the United States than in South Africa, and the local organising committee's chief executive, Danny Jordaan, has expressed concern that for the first time in the history of the World Cup, the host country will not have more supporters than any other team.

Germans spot-on as usual

It only appeared in very small print last weekend but there was a remarkable story behind Hamburg's victory over Besiktas to win the Tuttur trophy in Istanbul, a four-team tournament played during the winter break. The German side's winning margin in the final was 17-16 in a penalty shoot-out during which only one of the 34 kicks was missed. Another half-dozen successes and it would have matched what is believed to be the world record shoot-out score at first-class level, when Argentinos Juniors beat Racing Club 20-19 at a time when penalties were taken following a drawn game in the Argentinian championship. The record for penalties taken is 48, in a Namibian match between KK Palace and Civics that featured 15 misses and ended 17-16. Tunbridge Wells and Littlehampton Town approached that scoreline in their FA Cup tie five years ago, the Kent side winning 16-15.

Savage attack on airwaves

The ubiquitous Karren Brady, formerly chief executive of Birmingham City, may have been forced to withdraw from her debut as presenter of Radio 5 Live's '6-0-6' phone-in programme today, but stand by for some lively exchanges on Saturday week if any Derby County supporters are put through to question the club captain Robbie Savage, who is co-hosting with BBC presenter Darren Fletcher. Savage, making a name for himself as a media pundit since joining the Macesport PR stable, has already set the airwaves buzzing in a nine-minute set-to with Radio Derby. After the station's long-serving reporter Colin Gibson said in the light of last weekend's 4-1 home defeat by Scunthorpe that he had heard rumours that some players did not feel the club's back-room staff were up to the job, he felt the full force of being tackled by the Welsh midfielder and – like many an opponent – did not enjoy the experience. Savage told him on air: "I don't think that's responsible journalism to put out rumours. I've never known a local radio station wanting a club to fail so much." Gibson's spirited response, after some initial shell-shock, was: "You're a professional footballer, get out there and do your job."

s.tongue@independent.co.uk

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