Posh fan is re­fused en­try to South Africa

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & world Update -

A PETER­BOR­OUGH fan was re­fused en­try into South Africa be­cause of his his­tory of vi­o­lence.

The 42-year-old man, be­lieved to be from the Peter­bor­ough area, who had trav­elled out to South Africa to watch some of the World Cup games, was de­tained at the hosts’ air­port on Satur­day.

But a check from air­port of­fi­cials re­vealed the man, who is be­lieved to be a Posh sup- porter, had a his­tory of in­cit­ing racial vi­o­lence and he was sent back home to Eng­land.

A South African Po­lice Ser­vice spokes­woman said the man, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, was ex­pected to land back in the UK yes­ter­day, af­ter be­ing re­fused en­try.

She said: “An­other joint op­er­a­tion be­tween the SAPS crime in­tel­li­gence di­vi­sion and the Depart­ment of Home Af­fairs re­sulted in a Bri­tish sub­ject be­ing re­fused en­try into South Africa via OR Thambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day.

“The 42-year-old male landed in Jo­han­nes­burg on a flight from Heathrow Air­port and im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials in­ter­cepted and de­tained him.

“This in­di­vid­ual has a his­tory of in­cit­ing racially mo­ti­vated vi­o­lence at sport­ing events.

“It was thus de­cided that he would pose a threat to pub­lic or­der and that he should be pro­hib­ited from en­ter­ing South Africa.

“The man was repa­tri­ated to the UK on Satur­day night.”

He was not sub­ject to a ban­ning or­der and was there­fore not pro­hib­ited from trav­el­ling.

The UK has an in­for­ma­tion shar­ing agree­ment with the South African au­thor­i­ties.

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