Fans bend the rules at games
LASER POINTERS, cans of Pepsi, food, fireworks and even chickens are all on Fifa’s list of items banned from the World Cup stadiums, but that hasn’t stopped determined fans.
The banned list includes: “bottles, cups, jugs or cans of any kind”, “fireworks, flares, smoke powder, smoke canisters, smoke bombs or any other pyrotechnics”, “any sort of animals” and laser pointers.
But during the Argentina game against Nigeria at Loftus in Pretoria, a green laser could be seen flashing on the ground near Argentine star Lionel Messi.
Cape Town Stadium’s opening match between Uruguay and France saw a French fan bring his chicken – a French symbol – into the stadium. Nigerian fans in Johannesburg, however, had to leave their chickens outside Soccer City in the Argentina clash.
During England’s encounter with Algeria in Cape Town, one fan set off fireworks in the stadium.
Police said that the Algerian fireworks smuggler had been fined.
During Monday’s game between Portugal and North Korea, it wasn’t just goals that were sneaking through. Weekend Argus spotted a couple who had brought their own Pepsis into the stadium.
Products that are rivals of a sponsor – Coca-Cola is the official World Cup soft drinks sponsor – are not allowed.
On Thursday night, Weekend Argus also saw several fans with video cameras – another item on Fifa’s banned list.