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Vanity Fair mocks New Zealand football team

It is the first time in 28 years that the team takes part in the Football World Cup.

The Vanity Fair magazine of US has ridiculed New Zealand's national football team that is called the All Whites. It tongue-in-cheek said the players did the "haka dance" of the Maori people to intimidate their opponents before matches.

In its blog titled Fair Play, the magazine criticised the New Zealand team's name as a poor spin-off of the All Blacks. This is the first time that the New Zealand team will be making their Football World Cup appearance in 28 years.

The New Zealand Football chairman Frank van Hattum said all the talk about haka is nonsense as football's governing body, FIFA, does not allow any international team to make pre-match presentations.

The All Whites will play their first game against Slovakia on 15 June in Rustenburg, South Africa.