Journo arrested with regard to dressing room security breach...A journalist from British tabloid, the Sunday Mirror, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the security breach that saw a fan enter the England dressing room following the goalless draw against Algeria.
The Three Lions had just put in an underwhelming performance and, at the time, were in a shaky position with regard to qualification to the knockout stage of the 2010 World Cup. And the fan, Pavlos Joseph, had maintained that he was looking for a toilet and walked into the dressing room by accident.
However, upon bumping into the players, the fan is reported to have told them of their unsatisfactory performance.
England consequently put in an official complaint to FIFA, expressing dissatisfaction concerning the security breach before the fan was arrested.
"Last night Simon Wright, a British journalist who works for the Sunday Mirror in the UK, was arrested for defeating the ends of justice and flouting the provisions of the immigration act," said Police Commissioner Bheki Cele.
"The police have reason to believe that this incident was orchestrated and involved the cooperation of a number of individuals," Cele told reporters.
"The police strongly believe that the motive was to put the World Cup security in a bad light and possibly to profit from this act."
Now, however, it is said that the journalist in question allegedly set up the train of events and paid off Joseph and possibly others with regard to the security breach.
National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele has revealed that the journalist had a week-long contract with Joseph for exclusive interviews following the highly-publicised incident.
"Mr Wright has admitted to harbouring and interviewing Joseph when the police were searching for the latter in order to affect an arrest," he said in the capital Pretoria.
"The second criminal charge against Wright relates to his alleged conduct in booking luxury hotel accommodation for Joseph using false or incorrect particulars.
"Despite the arrest of Joseph and Wright, further investigations are continuing."
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