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Watford's Al Bangura staying in UK

Al Bangura has won his fight to remain in the United Kingdom, after a Government work permit hearing found in his favour on Monday.

Awarding him a work permit, pending the completion of standard paperwork, the six-strong committee decided Al's footballing credentials warranted extended stay in this country.

Manager Adrian Boothroyd, Head of Football Operations Iain Moody and Community Director Julian Winter, all accompanied the legal team to Monday afternoon's hearing in Sheffield.

Former Academy Director and First Team Coach David Hockaday also spoke at the hearing in support of Al's claim.

After two hours of deliberations, the good news was issued to an emotional and grateful Bangura.

Reacting to the verdict, Watford Chairman Graham Simpson said: "As a club we are very happy with the news, but most of all we are delighted for Al and his family.

"We always knew we had a strong case and despite our setbacks we knew we had to fight for what we believed to be right for this young man. Al will now continue to contribute to our society, which I know he feels a debt of gratitude towards.

"I would like to personally thank all the Watford fans whose backing of Al has been so crucial to moving this forward and securing his immediate future in the United Kingdom."

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