SA refuses entry to 11th soccer thug

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Another suspected Argentinian football hooligan was refused entry

at the OR Tambo International airport yesterday.

He was refused entry upon arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil, at around

8.30am yesterday, said Brigadier Sally de Beer.

“Ongoing co-operation between international law enforcement

agencies . . . and the South African Police Service (SAPS), as well as

co-operation between the SAPS and the department of home affairs, has to date

resulted in 11 ‘barras bravas’ being prohibited from entering this country,”

said De Beer.

“The 11th ‘barra brava’ was detained at holding facilities at OR

Tambo airport and will be repatriated today .”

De Beer said intelligence information indicated that “these persons

would commit acts of public disorder, engage in acts of violence and provoke

conflict with certain fans of opponent teams and other groups from Argentina

during the 2010 Fifa World Cup”.

“They are known to have a history of being involved in crime and

antagonising local law enforcement agencies,” said De Beer.

According to the “La Barra Brava” Facebook page, the term loosely

means “brave fans” but is generally also used to refer to so-called soccer

hooligans.

 
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