Kiwi cops will grab streakers

2014-09-10 00:00

CAPE TOWN — New Zealand Rugby and New Zealand Police have warned fans that pitch invasions will carry consequences.

The Sanzar website reports a woman, who invaded the pitch during the All Blacks v Argentina Test match in Napier on Saturday, was banned from all events at McLean Park for two years after being warned by police.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said while disappointed the woman managed to slip past security to get on to the field, he warned that pitch invaders did so at their own risk.

“We take the security of players and the public at Test matches very seriously and do not take this behaviour lightly. It is important to remind people foolish enough to think about trying to take to the field - clothed or not — they are putting their own safety and that of the players at risk.”

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Police staff would continue to keep a close watch on future matches, and warned that such incidents would be appropriately dealt with. He said the consequences for anyone trying to take the field while a match is in progress could be very serious, range from being banned from future matches, to hefty fines and court charges for serious offences. Tew said it was important to remind people foolish enough to think about trying to take to the field — clothed or not — they are putting their own safety and that of the players at risk. “We continue to work closely with Wellington Police ahead of the Wellington Test match to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy a great All Blacks Test match experience, in a safe environment for all.”

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