Early Doors

Judge praises fan's drunken free-kick, but still fines him £305

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Pitch invader takes free-kick for Tottenham at West Ham

A pitch-invader who took free-kick for Tottenham against West Ham during a recent Premier League has been fined £305.

Jordan Dunn, 22, admitted running onto the pitch during the second-half of the opening day clash at Upton Park and his actions were described in court as a "drunken moment of madness."

Passing sentence at Thames Magistrates' Court in East London, District Judge Gareth Branston did at least praise Dunn for managing to "Bend It Like Beckham" and for keeping on his clothes.

"You had consumed alcohol and your stride pattern was a bit out of kilter, but to borrow a phrase you did bend it like Beckham.

"I understand that the professional footballer who followed you did not do any better."

"It was a small mercy you decided to remain fully clothed."

Dunn managed to hit the target with his free-kick and although his effort was easily saved by Hammers' keeper Adrián, he did better than Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, who reacted with anger to the fan taking the free-kick just before he was about to, before then blazing his effort over the bar.

Dunn described himself as a life-long West Ham fan and told police it was his dream to "run on the pitch and kick the ball".

The prosecution wanted the judge to impose a football banning order on Dunn, but the Judge declined citing Dunn's previous good character.

Dunn apologised for the actions and accepted the charge under Section 4 of the Football Offences Act 1991, which says it is an offence to go on to the playing area without lawful authority or excuse.

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