World Cup pitch invader in court
…Charged for trespassing and attempted theft
With Kofi Owusu Aduonum
The man who ran onto the field at the World Cup final and tried to touch the trophy appeared in court yesterday on charges of trespassing and attempted theft.
Police spokesman Col. Tummi Shai says a 34-year-old Spanish man was arrested after breaching security ahead of kickoff and racing across the pitch toward the trophy on display near the players' tunnel. He appeared to be trying to put a red hat on the trophy.
The man was tackled just before he reached the trophy and was carried away by security guards. He is reported to be a serial pitch invader nicknamed 'Jimmy Jump,' who has pulled off similar stunts at other major sporting events.