'Short cut' treatment for fans in World Cup

JOHANNESBURG: Security chiefs have launched an investigation into why two spectators were refused entry into a World Cup venue – for wearing the wrong type of shorts. 

Brothers Brett and Steve Siledrecht were not allowed to enter the Pietermaritzburg Oval earlier this month because their shorts they were wearing carried an Adidas logo. 

Eventually, the guards relented but only when the brothers, both teachers, agreed to wear their shorts inside out while their pupils who were accompanying them to the game were told to peel the labels off their Coca-Cola bottles. 

“We are concerned about international ambush marketing but in this case it appears that the security officials were over-zealous,” Patrick Ronan, the head of World Cup security, told the Sunday Times here. “It seems the two gentlemen had no intention of marketing Adidas.” 

The incident comes just a week after a Johannesburg businessman was thrown out of Centurion for drinking a can of Coca-Cola – rivals Pepsi are one of the official sponsors. – AFP 

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