Making appeals | Weah asks supporters for calm

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Monrovia, Liberia | Two thousand supporters of the Congress for Democratic Change—the party of presidential candidate George Weahrallied Friday afternoon to protest results that favored Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the Nov 8 runoff. “The streets of Monrovia don’t belong to violent people,” Weah told the crowd. “Do not, in the name of peace, go in the streets and riot.”

Near the U.S. embassy, according to a United Nations Mission in Liberia report, some protesters threw stones and were dispersed by tear gas. Weah, as reported in the Christian Science Monitor, earlier had challenged the first-round results from 11 October. He claimed to have won 62 percent of the vote originally, which would have meant his outright election.

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John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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