angry fan breached security and burst into England’s locker room in Cape Town
after their draw with Algeria.
The man in a red T-shirt was removed from the changing room, but
was released without questioning, police spokesperson Colonel Billy Jones
Guards were being questioned about why the man was let go, while
police were examining security camera footage to try to find out how the man
managed to get in, Jones added.
The English FA has made an official complaint to Fifa about the
incident, which came after the team were booed off the field by many supporters
following the woeful 0-0 draw.
“A fan got in past Fifa security, we’ve formally complained to Fifa
after the game and will follow it up in writing. It is not acceptable.
"Thankfully there was no serious harm done,” said an FA spokesperson.
The incident was even more sensitive given that Britain’s Prince
Harry and Prince William are reported to have visited the players in the
dressing room earlier in the evening.
Security has been a major concern for the organisers ever since
South Africa was named the Fifa Soccer World Cup host six years ago in Zurich,
Switzerland, with worries focusing mainly on the country’s high crime
But stadium security has moved to the fore as stewards at Cape Town
and three other venues walked off the job last week in a pay dispute that forced
police to take over security around the fields.
Protesting stewards twice clashed with police over the last week,
once in Durban and once in Cape Town, as they tried to demand their salaries
from Stallion security, the firm that had been contracted by Fifa to screen fans
entering the gates.
Police were also under pressure to crack down on illegal ticket
sales today, with Johannesburg-based newspaper, Saturday Star, proclaiming
“Ticket crooks rule” across its front page.
South Africa outlawed the resale of tickets just before the
tournament started, meaning tickets can only be legally transferred through
Scalpers can face a R15?000 fine and up to five years in prison.
Nigerian man was slapped with a three-year sentence this week after he was found
with 30 tickets that could not be verified.
Two men had their tickets for yesterday’s USA-Slovenia match
confiscated just before the match as they were apparently trying to sell them
outside the stadium, police said.
But one officer at the gate to Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg
said police struggled to keep out scalpers, as fans desperate for tickets show
up at the stadiums hoping to find a way in.
“We are trying to keep them away because it is illegal,” he told
the Sapa news agency. “But they are moving around all the time.”
Fifa has cumbersome rules for reselling tickets, which can only be
done online and not within three days of the match.
The world football body already drew flack for its online ticket
sales system in a country where internet access remains a luxury.
The threat of stiff penalties has not deterred scalpers from openly
circulating around stadiums, and their numbers appear to be growing as the group
stages advance and matches become more critical to teams’ hopes of making the
Ahead of England’s 0-0 draw with Algeria in Cape Town, one cheeky
set of fans even jokingly offered to sell a young boy in exchange for four
seats, carrying a placard reading “Child 4 Sale – 4 Tickets”.
Ten-year-old Josh Conlin was spared however when his 23-year-old
cousin Jason Dodwell managed to acquire four tickets at about double the box