Fans bend the rules at games

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - BIANCA CA­PA­ZO­RIO

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.

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