Span­ish league to file charges against fan who in­vaded field

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The Span­ish league said yes­ter­day it will file criminal charges against the fan who ran on to the field dur­ing Barcelona’s match at Mal­lorca.

Satur­day’s match was played with­out fans but the young­ster, wear­ing an Ar­gentina jersey, made it past se­cu­rity and took a photo of him­self a few me­tres in front of Barcelona de­fender Jordi Alba.

The league said the fan, who was not wear­ing a mask or gloves when he en­tered the field early in the second half, dis­obeyed or­ders from se­cu­rity per­son­nel and broke health- safety laws in place be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The league con­demned the fan’s ac­tions and said they “con­sti­tuted a crime”. It said such ac­tions “jeop­ar­dise ev­ery­one’s health and the in­tegrity of the com­pe­ti­tion”.

The fan told Span­ish me­dia his goal was to take a photo with Ar­gentina star Lionel Messi, but he didn’t have time to do it be­fore se­cu­rity of­fi­cers ar­rived to take him off the field.

He said he en­tered the San Moix Sta­dium by jump­ing over a fence and then came down from the stands to the field.

The young­ster said he was re­leased by po­lice af­ter they noted his de­tails and had him sign a doc­u­ment. He said they made him delete the photo taken with Alba.

The Mundo De­portivo sports daily said the fan is of French ori­gin but has lived in Mal­lorca his whole life.

A sup­porter in­vades the pitch with FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (be­hind, left) dur­ing the Span­ish La Liga match be­tween Mal­lorca and FC Barcelona at Son Moix Sta­dium in Palma de Mal­lorca, Spain, on June 13.

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