How banned fan strolled into England dressing room

2010-06-21 08:15

A British soccer fan who burst into the England team’s World Cup

changing room in Cape Town on Friday night has been banned from attending any

further matches.

Pavlos Joseph appeared before Magistrate Jahstree Stey yesterday,

who released him on R500 bail and warned him to return to court this morning

when he was to go to trial on two charges.

Joseph (31) whose address given as 115b Clive Rd, Dulwich, London,

is to be charged under the Safety at Sport and Recreational Events Act of 2010,

and also under the Fifa World Cup SA special measures act of 2006.

Prosecutor Silvino Pillay told the court that Joseph had already

surrendered his passport to the police.

He asked the court to ban Joseph from attending any further World

Cup matches until the case had been finalised as one of his bail

conditions.

Pillay undertook to furnish defence attorney Stephan Barker, with

copies of the police statements on the case, to enable Barker to prepare for

Monday’s trial.

Joseph was arrested at 10.30am yesterday at the 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 goalless draw with Algeria.

De Beer said: “The South African Police Service initiated an

investigation into the incident immediately after it was reported to us at a

debriefing after the match.”

She said that the fan had exchanged his details with a Fifa

official after the incident.

Police also studied CCTV footage to “see how he moved through the

tunnel” and whether there were any gaps in security. “Footage was analysed and

the suspect was identified and traced to his place of accommodation in Cape

Town,” she said.

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.

The Sunday Mirror printed an interview with 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.

Asked about what happened to the security guard who misdirected the

fan, de Beer said: “Our investigation doesn’t stop here. It forms part of a

discussion with Fifa and the Local Organising Committee and we’ll take it from

here.”

 

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