Spanish national in court for pitch dash

2010-07-12 09:36

A Spanish soccer fan with a previous record of pitch invasion was

expected to appear in court for allegedly trying to grab the World Cup trophy at

the final at Soccer City.

The 34-year-old was expected to appear in a special World Cup Court

today, police spokesperson Colonel Tummi Shai said.

“He will be appearing on charges of trespassing and attempted theft

of the globe [trophy].

“He has a previous pitch invasion record for an incident that

happened in London four years ago,” said Shai.

The man, who wore a t-shirt bearing the words “Jimmy jump against

racism”, was arrested when he ran onto the field 10 minutes before kick-off of

the Holland-Spain match last night.

He breached security on the north side of the pitch and allegedly

tried to grab the World Cup trophy on display near the players’ entrance

tunnel.

An official guarding the trophy floored him with a punch and he was

carried into the tunnel before being arrested.

 

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