Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Al Bangura Deportation

A 19-year-old soccer player in England is facing deportation back to his native war-torn Sierra Leone, after receiving asylum. He is currently playing for Watford F.C., a professional soccer team based outside of Central London, that is owned by Sir Elton John.

He is appealing the deportation and a group of Watford fans are appealing for your help. Visit the Glory Horns fan site, home of an unofficial Watford fan club.

Their petition states:
Alhassan "Al" Bangura (born 24 January 1988, in Freetown, Sierra Leone) is a Sierra Leonian midfielder who currently plays for Watford F.C. in the Football League Championship in England.

Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, he fled the country upon the death of his father. His father was a member of the Poro Secret Society, and tradition stated that his son must join upon his death. Not wanting to, he went to Guinea where he met a Frenchman, who took him to France and intended to make Bangura a male prostitute. When the man took him to England, he sought asylum. (Read more here.)

Bangura is an upstanding tax-paying member of society who has survived death threats and escaped sex slavery to live a dream in the free world. Deporting him means a strong likelihood of death and there is no good reason to deny him continued asylum, and citizenship in England.

Of course, that is easy for an American like me to say, but it is true. The guy paid almost $300,000 in taxes last year. That alone should purchase him some consideration!

Maybe an MLS team should hire him! If he's going to be deported from England, maybe we can get him here! Perhaps Bush and his regime can cancel the privileges of one Saudi Arabian who is planning to fund our demise while sipping tea in Crawford, Texas, to make way for a truly needy person who brings with him a huge tax footprint.

But, I digress, back to the matter at hand . .

Please consider signing this petition in support of his fight against deportation.

Then contact your local MLS team and see if they need a young up and coming midfielder.

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