17 Argentinian fans to be deported

2010-06-16 11:48

Seventeen Argentina fans considered a threat to World Cup stability

would be deported following their detention by the police this morning.

They had been seen at two matches allegedly trying to enter

stadiums without tickets and had behaved in a disorderly fashion, roughing up

other fans and “generally causing trouble”, spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer

said in a statement.

Police and their dog unit raided an establishment in Pretoria at

7am today where 165 fans were staying.

“The group of 17 was handed over to the national immigration branch

of the department of home affairs which will deal with their deportation,” said

De Beer.

Five other Argentinian fans, whose activities police were

monitoring, voluntarily left the country this morning. On Saturday, the police

said they had refused entry to 11 other Argentinians believed to be a threat to

security, and a British national who had a history of inciting racial


The police referred to the Argentinians detained as “Barra Bravas”,

which according to website barrabrava.org, loosely means “brave fan” but

literally translates to “it sweeps brave”.

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