Italian who invaded World Cup pitch arrived in wheelchair

2010-07-08 14:54

The man who ran on to Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium pitch during

the World Cup semifinal between Germany and Spain was an Italian citizen who

arrived in a wheelchair, police minister Nathi Mthetwa said today.

“He suddenly sprang up and ran on to the field,” Mthetwa said at a

press conference in Pretoria.

“As we speak, he is appearing in a World Cup court.”

Mthetwa said the man’s appearance in court had raised concerns, as

he was supposed to have left the country today.

“Now he may be here a year or more. It was a very strange thing,

but we are very satisfied with our security,” he said.

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