UK media ‘orchestrated’ trespassing

2010-06-29 12:25

Police believe a British man wandered into the England soccer

team’s dressing room as part of a plot “orchestrated” with a journalist to paint

World Cup security in a bad light.

Addressing the media in Pretoria today, National Police

Commissioner General Bheki Cele said British journalist Simon Wright, of the

Sunday Mirror, was arrested last night.

It was found that he harboured British fan Pavlos Joseph and

interviewed him after he wandered in the team’s dressing room, claiming to be

looking for a toilet.

Joseph was arrested two days after the incident at Green Point

stadium in Cape Town on June 18.

Cele said: “The police have reason to believe that this incident

was orchestrated and involved the co-operation of a number of


Video footage obtained during an initial investigation backed the


“The police strongly believe the motive was to put the World Cup

security in a bad light and possibly to profit from the act,” he said.

Wright has been charged with defeating the ends of justice and

flouting provisions of the Immigration Act.

The second charge relates to Wright

booking a luxury hotel for Joseph using false or incorrect particulars.

Joseph has twice appeared in World Cup courts for contravening the

Fifa World Cup SA Special Measures Act.

He was granted bail of R500, his passport was confiscated by the

police and he was banned from attending any more soccer matches.

He was due to appear in court again today.

After the incident, the

Sunday Mirror reported that when Joseph saw former England captain David Beckham

in the change rooms, he said he needed the toilet, then added: “David, we’ve

spent a lot of money getting here.

This is a disgrace. What are you going to do

about it’?” England had drawn 0-0 with Algeria.

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