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Fan fined for taking free-kick finds novel way to pay for punishment


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A football fan fined for running onto the pitch and taking a free-kick in a Premier League game has used crowdfunding to pay his penalty fee.

Jordan Dunn, 22, caused amazement on the opening weekend of the Premier League season when he raced onto the turf at West Ham’s Upton Park to take a free-kick for Tottenham.

He even managed to hit the target, only to see his effort saved by Hammers keeper Adrian. "I thought no one else was shooting, so I might as well,” said Dunn, who had been drinking for seven hours. "I think I ran about 80 yards. I don't remember looking at any players - I only had my eyes on the ball.

"If I had used my right I probably would have fallen over. It wasn't a bad strike though. I just wish I'd used the outside of my right foot and buried it bottom corner."

As he sentenced Dunn to a fine of £305, Judge Gareth Branston said: "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 (Christian Eriksen) who followed you did not do any better."

Dunn then hit upon a scheme to fund his punishment with public donations, posting on a Go Fund Me page: “Please all donate as much as u like, every little helps to pay off my court fine, all very much appreciated Hammers.. IRONS IRONS IRONS”

And as of 1pm on Wednesday, he was just £20 away from reaching his target.

Stephen Hornibroom, who donated £10, wrote on the page: “Absolute legend!!!! Having met you're dad a few times i can only imagine you are a top bloke like he is. Glad you got off lightly in court and the judge had a sense of humour. COYI!!!!!!!!!!!”

Andy Clayton, who also donated £10, claimed it was the “best free kick seen over there for a while!!”

And there was even support from a rather prominent member of the football community, sort of…

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