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England fan arrested

2010-06-20 16:08

Johannesburg - A soccer fan was arrested on Sunday after he barged into the England team's changing room at Cape Town's stadium in Green Point, police said.

The 32-year-old man was arrested at 10:30 at Bay Hotel in Camps Bay and was charged with trespassing, said police spokesperson Sally de Beer.

The man walked into the dressing room on Friday night after England's goal-less draw with Algeria.

"The South African Police Service (now called Police Force) initiated an investigation into the incident immediately after it was reported to us at a debriefing after the match," said De Beer.

"Footage was analysed and the suspect was identified and traced to his place of accommodation in Cape Town."

The security breach triggered a debate about the measures imposed to protect players at the World Cup.

De Beer said additional security personnel, including police, would be deployed inside stadiums.

Berated team

The Sunday Mirror printed an interview with a south Londoner named Pavlos Joseph - who said he was directed to the changing room when he asked a security guard where he could find a toilet.

He instead entered the team's dressing room where he berated the players on their performance.

Joseph said he saw Manchester United player David Beckham and a naked England midfielder Joe Cole walking out of the shower.

Local Organising Committee spokesperson Rich Mkhondo could not confirm whether it was the same fan identified by the newspaper.

He said FIFA was considering barring the man from future matches.

Joseph told the publication he had a ticket for another match but was "now unsure whether the authorities will ban him from the match or even kick him out of the country altogether".

 

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