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England dressing room trespasser walks free

The fan who walked into the England team dressing room after a World Cup match will not face a criminal trial after he agreed to pay a fine, a South African Court ruled. Pavlos Joseph, 32, was arrested for entering the England changing room following the side's disappointing goalless draw against Algeria on June 18.

His solicitor told Cape Town Magistrates' Court that prosecutors had dropped further charges against Joseph after he paid a £65 fine for trespassing.

The incident originally sparked concern about lax security during Africa's first hosting of the month-long tournament.

South African police have since charged a British tabloid journalist, Simon Wright, with helping Joseph gain access to the dressing room.

Police accuse the journalist from the Sunday Mirror tabloid of orchestrating the incident. The newspaper has denied its reporter was guilty of any wrongdoing.

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