- One soccer supporter thought he would act big and tough when he tried to join the field of play at the Barcelona vs Mamelodi Sundowns match
- The man successfully evaded nearly security and burst onto the pitch, but it went downhill from there
- The man stumbled over the advertising boards and faceplanted into the field. He was detained by stadium officials and later shamed on social media
Despite warnings from Stadium Management SA last week about the consequences which would face anyone who tried to gain access to the field of play during the Barcelona vs Mamelodi Sundowns match, one fan thought he would try.
The man’s shame and cry-face has now been shared with the world thanks to social media.
The fan’s plan started well-enough when he managed to evade security personnel and made it to the very edge of the field of play. Unfortunately for the man, this was as good as his night got.
Briefly.co.za gathered that from the moment the fan got to the advertising boards surrounding the field, things just went downhill for him.
He miscalculated how high he needed to jump to get over the advertising boards, which promptly pitched him into a faceplant on the field of play. Whether by timing or by luck, play was taking part in that section of the field.
The man’s faceplant was witnessed by some of the best footballers on the planet, a crowd of 80,000 and millions more on TV. He limped off the field, thinking he could not possibly be more humiliated.
He was wrong.
The invader was detained by security teams and taken to FNB Stadium Manager Dr Jacques Grobbelaar, who played a big role in making the match happen.
The Southafrican.com reports that Grobbelaar took a grim view of the invader’s action and decided to add to his public shame by posting pictures of the invader (now in tears) to social media as a way to shame him and dissuade others from trying such a stunt.
The invader reportedly spent the night in holding cells and is likely to be charged with invading the pitch and could be banned from all South African stadiums for life.
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