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Durban police used tear gas and rubber bullets after Sunday's match between Germany and Australia to disperse a crowd of stewards at the stadium.
The chief executive of the World Cup organizing committee, Danny Jordaan, said Monday he respects workers' rights but called match-day disruptions "unacceptable" and said authorities "will not hesitate to take action in such instances."
Mthethwa said the protesters did not want to inconvenience thousands of fans who have traveled to South Africa.
"We are not fighting with our visitors," he said. "We like our visitors. We will protect them even when we are outside of the stadium."
Police moved in to take over security at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium just hours before the start of the Italy and Paraguay match, after about 500 security staff and employers tried to negotiate a settlement to their pay dispute. Police called in 1,500 national police trainees to take over security, with long lines of fans waiting to get into the stadium.
The standoff caused hours of delays, but all fans were seated in time for kickoff.
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