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Hero's welcome awaits fan who ticked off England

PUBLISHED: 18:08 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 August 2010

PLAIN SPEAKING: Pavlos Joseph.

PLAIN SPEAKING: Pavlos Joseph.

THE football fan who burst into the England team s dressing room in South Africa is set to receive a hero s welcome when he returns home. Mortgage broker Pavlos Joseph, 32, from Crystal Palace, has been commended by his workmates and people from his com

THE football fan who burst into the England team's dressing room in South Africa is set to receive a hero's welcome when he returns home.

Mortgage broker Pavlos Joseph, 32, from Crystal Palace, has been commended by his workmates and people from his community for giving Steven Gerrard and his men a piece of his mind after the 0-0 draw with Algeria last Friday.

Mr Joseph has since been banned from World Cup games and appeared in court in Cape Town on Monday

facing a trespassing charge, which he denies.

He claims he was given the wrong directions to the toilet and ended up in the dressing room by mistake. His trial is due to take place tomorrow and he has been forced to

surrender his passport.

His workmate Kristian Keates defended his friend's antics. He said: "We hope his words gave England the encouragement they need. We are holding a party for him when he gets back.

"We're really proud of him for speaking his mind and saying what the country thought."

Meanwhile, on the community forum Virtual Norwood, which covers Crystal Palace, posters have called for a hero's welcome for their neighbour.

Under a thread called 'Local celeb? (sort of)', Fang wrote: "Well, when he gets back he should be given a ticker tape parade in an open limo around The Triangle."

A post from Dazza reads: "Look guys this guy payed a lot of money to watch his team perform.

"Beckham has been taken to South Africa for team morale so the fan had every right to make the views of the English fans known especially the ones who paid a lot of money to be there.

"I hope the guy makes a packet but he only told the truth. When I see him up the Palace I will be buying him a pint but will be having a quiet word in his ear about being a Manc fan."

He was also defended by james, who wrote: "Good on him. Let's face it he only said what millions of others were shouting at the TV at what was a clueless, spineless

performance from a team that are increasingly looking like big time charlies who believe their own press. Beckham should have shown the guy into the dressing room and left him to let rip.

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