Midfield player Al Bangura has won his fight to avoid deportation.
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.
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Written by eastneydave.
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