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The latest high profile athlete to appeal for Madeleine’s safe return according to Sky News is Chelsea striker Andrei Shevchenko. Chelsea takes on Manchester United for the FA Cup.

A video of missing Madeleine McCann is to be broadcast during the FA Cup Final to an estimated worldwide audience of half a billion people. 

The two-minute video features images of the missing four-year-old set to the soundtrack of the Simple Minds  hit “Don’t You Forget About Me”.

During the Superbowl in February of this year, CBS ran a story about Hines Ward of the Pittsburg Steelers and his “Helping Hands Korea Foundation” which assists bi-racial children in South Korea. What Katie Couric didn’t mention was that 2-year-old Trenton Duckett was abducted or possibly taken there according to authorities.

Two weeks ago, Queen Elizabeth II attended the Kentucky Derby. Today is the running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course outside Baltimore, Md. What is a given, is the second jewel of horse racing’s triple crown won’t garner as much interest as the FA Cup, nor will it show any videos of missing children. There will be plenty of coverage of Barbaro, last years Kentucky Derby winner eventually euthanized after breaking his leg in the Preakness.There is a British connection as well.

There are a 132 missing children from Maryland listed at the NCMEC. It is the 132nd running of the Preakness Stakes.

Note: USA Today  is reporting Didier Drogba scored during injury time Saturday to give Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

Curlin upset Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense in the Preakness Stakes.

View Look For Maddie  video

Note: Fox News is reporting that a camera glitch kept her video from being broadcast outside the stadium so the intended ½ billion viewer audience was not reached.

A Rueters article suggests otherwise.

ADVISORYGlobal video appeal story withdrawn

The story headlined “Global football appeal to find Maddy” is wrong and is withdrawn. The story said hundreds of millions of football fans worldwide were expected to watch a video appeal to find missing British child Madeleine McCann at Saturday’s FA Cup final. The video was played on large screens at the stadium but BBC Sports and other broadcasters say they had not planned to transmit the appeal to viewers. The video was seen in the stadium, but not on television screens.

After hundreds of articles and days of build up for the video, somehow internet scammers profiting from her website mispellings don’t seem to be the only ones taking advantage of her abduction.

Note: The Reuters Advisory had this incredulous statement. As we say in the U.S., that is the proverbial pot calling the kettle black!

But the appeal has also spawned a string of bogus sites, as tricksters try to cash in on the disappearance, newspaper reports said

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