FIFA to tighten final security after fan incursion

FIFA will tighten security for the World Cup final and

third-place playoff after Wednesday’s incursion onto the field by

an Italian fan carrying a vuvuzela.

The semifinal between Germany and Spain in Durban was

interrupted briefly in the fourth minute when the fan ran onto the

pitch to protest about the exclusion of a player from Italy’s

squad.

FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said Thursday that police were

investigating the matter but that the breach in security was

“certainly not acceptable.”

Maingot says FIFA “will tighten the controls again.”

The fan entered the field near Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s

net and sprinted almost to midfield before he was caught by

security and escorted away by police.