Afcon organisers warn against hooliganism

The Afcon LOC says any threats of violence or hooliganism during matches won’t be tolerated.

The Afcon LOC says any threats of violence or hooliganism during matches won’t be tolerated.

JOHANNESBURG - Organisers of the 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) on Sunday warned the public that any form of hooliganism at their games would not be tolerated.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced security measures will be tightened around stadia for the soccer spectacle which kicks off on January 19, 2013.

Some 800 guards will be deployed at each of the host stadia as well as 1,200 security officials at the National Stadium in Soweto, where the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the final match will be held.

The LOC's spokesperson Sipho Sithole says particular attention will be given to what people take into the stadia.

"Vuvuzelas are allowed but anything that threatens or compromises the safety of the fans will not be allowed.

"There will be people deployed in all the stands who will be ready to isolate, identify and remove people immediately."

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