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Seems harsh to bother Becks as he spent the entire 90 minutes on the bench being as frustrated as everyone else!
The supporter managed to get past security at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town following England’s lacklustre goalless draw against Algeria in order to berate the players.
It is understood he gained access to the team dressing room after the players had left the pitch.
An investigation was immediately launched and the FA made a formal complaint to Fifa after it emerged that the security breach occurred shortly after the Princes, who had been attending the match, had paid a morale boosting visit to the team.
The disgruntled fan is understood to have confronted former England captain David Beckham over the team’s poor performance.
The man, who was dressed in an England shirt, was able to breach several levels of security in order to reach the team.
England players were booed off the pitch following their second disappointing draw of the tournament.
Beckham was said to have been “alarmed” when he was suddenly confronted by the man who was voicing is frustration at the side’s failure to overcome Algeria who are ranked 30th in the world – 22 places below England.
The man was ejected by officials at the ground and it is believed he was detained by police for further questioning.
An FA spokesman said: “We can confirm that a fan entered the dressing room this evening after the match and we have registered the incident with FIFA.”
A massive security operation had been put in place before last night’s match with thousands of officers on duty and helicopters patrolling the skies above the stadium.
The game had been deemed as one of 11 classed Risk One – the highest risk of a terror attack.
Opponents Algeria are the only Islamic nation playing in the tournament. A St James’s Palace spokesman said the fan did not go into the dressing room while the princes were there.
After the match, Princes William and Harry visited the England players in the dressing room to give them a morale boost ahead of their vital final group match.
Royal sources said the princes “still believe England can go through to the next stage”.
A St James’s Palace spokesman said: “The Princes met the players privately to offer their support after today’s result and as they prepare for their key game on Wednesday. They’re totally behind the team.”
Lt Col Leon Engelbrecht, a spokesman for South African Police, said detectives are examining CCTV footage of the incident. “The footage shows an unknown male entering the changing room,” he said. “He was not stopped by
Fifa or police or anyone else. He went in and apparently made a comment to David Beckham. I think he was just upset about the England game.
“He was then escorted out by Mark Linden, a Fifa official. Unfortunately, Mr Linden did not report the incident to SAPS or Fifa.
“At this stage our crime intelligence is looking at the CCTV. We have no information about the man’s arrest at this stage.” (Telegraph)
Another example of the great security in force at these World Cup Finals. Apparently the police are still looking for this guy and have released the following information about the angry fan.
“The man was wearing a red t-shirt and jeans. We believe he is still in Cape Town”
Ermm, could that red t-shirt be the England kit? And jeans? Another unique form of clothing. Should be easy enough to locate such a man in the city of Cape Town, filled as it is with England fans wearing jeans! Seriously though, how can this kind of thing happen?
It takes some doing to infiltrate an official dressing room. You have to first get onto the playing surface through the security cordon that encircles the entrance to the pitch from the dressing room and then into the dressing room.
You would have to wonder though why an angry fan would manage all that and then only manage to berate David Beckham who of course is only at the World Cup so that he can be helpfully used as a cut-away during boring bits in matches, which is why last night he was picked up on the live broadcast 47 times during the Algeria game.