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Fan confronts Beckham in dressing room

19/06/2010 06:18:33 PM Comments (0)

The English FA has made an official complaint to FIFA after an angry fan breached security and burst into England's dressing room at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town after their draw with Algeria on Friday.

England were booed off the field by many supporters following the woeful 0-0 draw which left them needing to beat Slovenia next week to be sure of staying in the competition.

One fan got through the security cordon and into the England dressing room, and the FA is furious that he was allowed to get so close to superstars such as Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham after the final whistle.

The lone fan was swiftly ejected and no-one was injured, but the incident is certain to raise serious questions about the safety of players at the World Cup.

"A fan got in past FIFA security, we've formally complained to FIFA after the game and will follow it up in writing. It is not acceptable. Thankfully there was no serious harm done," said an FA spokesman.

The incident is all the more sensitive given that Britain's Prince Harry and Prince William are reported to have visited the players in the dressing room earlier in the evening.

However, neither was present when the angry supporter arrived.

There was further controversy when star striker Rooney, who endured another disappointing performance, appeared unhappy with the reaction of fans as he left the field.

As he headed for the tunnel, television pictures showed him mouthing: "It's nice to see your own fans booing you."

Around 25,000 England supporters were in Cape Town for the match, many drinking heavily in bars before and after the game.

The FA will want to ensure security is watertight when England head to Port Elizabeth for Wednesday's do-or-die encounter with Slovenia.

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