Citys manager Gordon Strachan fears for the safety of three of his young stars who
have been picked for the FIFA under-20 World Championships in Nigeria.
Irish youngsters Barry Quinn and Barry Ferguson and Australian goalkeeper Tynan Scope
are due to fly out next week for the championships which start in a fortnight.
Strachan is worried about possible terrorist attacks and admitted that he would have
tried to stop his own son Gavin going to the tournament if he had been selected.
"Nigeria is a country that struggles to run itself, a country in which human
rights stink. It is not an honest country recently, so I dont know why we are going
to play there.
"I am not saying the general population is dishonest, but the country has been run
by dishonest people, so I dont know why they have got the pleasure of hosting a
world tournament like this.
"If they are not playing the human game and not looking after their own people I
find it crazy that the tournament is being played there.
"Any country which has had to undertake the security they have had to do to
protect visitors, should not be allowed to have this tournament.
"If my son got picked I would hope I could change his mind. Its easy to talk
with bravado and go along with things, but sometimes it is brave to be a coward and not
"I am not happy with it. If there was something we could legally do to stop my
three players going then I would. Its not for the sake of having them in my squad
but for their safety and well being.
"What better platform could there be for anyone wanting to bring attention to that
area of Africa than to cause a problem? We all pray nothing will happen and it probably
wont, but I dont think we should put people through that risk."