Man charged over West Ham pitch dash

by Aug 17, 9:42 AM

LONDON - A man has been charged after he ran onto the pitch and took a free-kick during a Premier League match at West Ham United, British police announced on Sunday.

Jordan Dunn, 22, from Dover, southeast England, is accused under Section 4 of Britain's Football Offences Act 1991, which forbids people from going onto the pitch without lawful authority or excuse.

The supporter ran on and kicked the ball towards goal as Tottenham Hotspur prepared to take a free-kick during their 1-0 win at Upton Park on Saturday, which was the season's opening day.

His left-foot 'shot' was saved by West Ham goalkeeper Adrian and he was then chased from the pitch by a steward, prompting cheers from the crowd.

Dunn is due to appear in court again on September 1.

Feature photo courtesy of Matthew Childs / Reuters

Aug 16, 12:19 PM

VIDEO: Pitch invader takes free kick for Tottenham

by Aug 16, 12:19 PM

It took 90 minutes before a goal was found in Tottenham's 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday, but a goal was nearly scored half an hour earlier courtesy of a pitch invader.

As Christian Eriksen was preparing to take a free kick from just outside the box in the 64th minute, a supporter ran onto the pitch and proceeded to force a decent save out of West Ham 'keeper Adrian by taking the set piece himself.

Eriksen's reaction is priceless.