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Fan who entered dressing room freed

June 30, 2010
Associated Press

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- The England fan who entered the team's changing room after its draw against Algeria is a free man after a Cape Town magistrate dropped charges against him.

Pavlos Joseph paid a $100 admission of guilt fine on Wednesday in exchange for the charges being dropped.

The British journalist accused of conspiring in the trespass was ordered to reappear in court next month after being released on $390 bail.

Police believe Simon Wright orchestrated the plot to embarrass South Africa's World Cup security operations. His newspaper, the Sunday Mirror, denies it.

Joseph confronted David Beckham in the dressing room and called England's performance a "disgrace."


Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press