Argentinean soccer hooligan in police custody

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pretoria - South African police have detained yet another Argentinean football hooligan who tried to sneak into the country ahead of the World Cup.

The latest arrest came on Tuesday when the soccer hooligan landed at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg after travelling from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The police's National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) said the hooligan was refused entry into South Africa and was kept at the airport's holding facilities.

The hooligan nabbed on Tuesday became the 11th Argentinean soccer hooligan to be detained by South African police. He was expected to be sent back to Argentina on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, police arrested 10 other Argentinean football hooligans, also known as 'barra bravas'.

"Intelligence indicated that these persons would commit acts of public disorder, engage in acts of violence and provoke conflict with certain fans of opponent teams and other groups from Argentina during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They are known to have a history of being involved in crime and antagonizing local law enforcement agencies," NATJOINTS said.

The first group, which included two leaders of the barra bravas and third person who was out on bail for murder, arrived in country on Sunday after boarding a flight in Luanda, Angola.

They were immediately intercepted and were sent back to Argentina on Monday.