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Al Bangura wins Work Permit



Watford player Bangura, 19, had been threatened with being sent home to West Africa after his appeal to stay had been rejected but he was given the chance to seek a work permit and was successful at a hearing in Sheffield on Monday.

Bangura was desperate to avoid being deported from Britain to his native Sierra Leone, where he feared his life would be in danger from a voodoo cult.

Refugees from Sierra Leone, which is still recovering from a brutal civil war, are not automatically eligible for asylum in Britain so each case must be individually proved. His extraordinary case and support from the football community proved strong enough to convince the Government hearing. The on-line petition organised by Watford fans attracted more than 12,000 worldwide.

The petition was supported by Vital Pompey members, as well as many other Vital Football website, and we have played a small part in preventing Bangura being sent to a country where he feared for his life.

Read the original article here.

Written by eastneydave.

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Date:Tuesday January 15 2008

Time: 5:06PM

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fantastic news, thanks for writing this dave and making those of us that werent aware, aware of this.
pompeyrug
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15/01/2008 17:16:00

thats great news!!! the guy sounds like a nice kid!
CharlieChimes
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15/01/2008 18:45:00

great nes for him and watford! i still dont truly understand the workpermit thing in football though...
pompeycarpet
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15/01/2008 18:54:00

that is good news for your team to have him safely available in the country instead of illegally
ozanne park rangers
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15/01/2008 19:12:00

Well done everyone, it looks like common sense has prevailed at last. Good luck to the young man and his family
Owenspompey
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15/01/2008 19:24:00

yep, good luck then send the scouts round, if he's any good maybe just happen to mention it was vital pompey that was that swung it for him :-)
russellm
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15/01/2008 20:06:00

great news, for those who havent read his story, look it up, its very interesting and after all he has gone through to have him deported would be immoral
whitestones
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15/01/2008 21:02:00

just to clear up some confusuion ozanne - he plays for watford, not us...but its great news for them that he isnt being deported to the country that has sent him death threats since leaving!
pompeycarpet
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15/01/2008 21:18:00

Great news (sorry if this appears 5 times, having some problems with the front page)
pompey4me
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15/01/2008 23:30:00

Good to see a few clubs in support of the lad, really silly situation to be honest, but lots of support from you lads, my lads at vital blackburn and the rest of the community
sasman
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16/01/2008 05:45:00

it is fanatastic news and i am very happy about this, i just hope that others that arent footballers that deserve to stay can also be allowed to and will be treated the same... lets spend more time, effort, money and resources on those that are a real problem eh. but that is a debate for 'vital politics' :-)
pompeyrug
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16/01/2008 10:41:00

Considering the 1m+ illegal immigrants already here + the 'allowed' ones, what difference does another make, legal or not. Global warming won't sink this country the influx of people will.
storagematt
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16/01/2008 12:29:00

It looks like common sense has prevailed at last. Good luck to the guy and remember Watford if we ever need support...
Chix
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16/01/2008 14:11:00

i think we got plenty of support over the "harry redknapp" afair - particually from arsnal - so i think we should thank them for that too!!!
pompeycarpet
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16/01/2008 17:18:00

At last common sense has previaled. Lets hope it works out for the young lad.
will it ever happen
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17/01/2008 21:30:00

 

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