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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

World Cup Court in South Africa

Heather Waltman, Interlibrary Loan & Reference Librarian

On Day 20 of the World Cup, a bit of news about the World Cup Court...

To combat crime in the nine cities hosting World Cup games, South African officials installed 56 special World Cup courts. Just yesterday, an overzealous fan and London resident went before the court where he was ordered to pay a fine of 75 South African rand (about $98) and admit guilt in breaching security at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. After finding his way to the dressing room of the Manchester United team, the fan, Pavlos Joseph, berated David Beckham for his "disgraceful" performance at the games. Other crimes handled by the courts have been less remarkable and less well-publicized. More examples can be found in this NPR story.