1
Aug

Pitch invader takes penalty kick, unfazed Tim Howard saves it

It’s not every day that a fan makes his way onto the field without getting caught by security in just a few seconds, and only the most talented of pitch invaders can manage to get their foot on the ball, or their hands on a player. But a pitch invader actually taking a penalty kick in the middle of a shootout, well, that’s got to be a first.

After last night’s International Champions Cup match between Everton and Juventus went into sudden death penalty kicks, a fan ran onto the pitch just as Juve’s Kwadwo Asamoah was stepping up to his kick and beat him to it. Everton’s Tim Howard was rather unimpressed, nonchalantly catching the ball that was, to be fair, hit right at him.

Sure, it wasn’t the best-taken penalty, but we doubt the fan cared much either way. It was a funny moment, and we can only tip our hat to the fan’s rambunctiousness. As Ron Burgundy would say, “I’m not even mad, that’s impressive!”

Update: We’re not 100% positive on this one, but we just might have a double offender on our hands. Last year, a man clad in the same headgear and jacket as Wednesday’s pitch invader creatively interrupted an interview with golfer Webb Simpson:

The man was then identified as Andrew James Dudley of England, reportedly a deforestation activist who calls himself, get this, “Jungle Bird.” He wasn’t charged.

Whether or not Jungle Bird got off for this as well, or if it is even him, we can’t know for sure. But you decide for yourself.

1
Apr

Bursaspor goalkeeper Harun Tekin must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed or something. Usually, when a fan runs onto the pitch, the invader is greeted by smiles and some head-shaking from the players (heck, Messi apparently even hugs them). But not Mr. Tekin, ohhh no!

Tekin, probably upset over his team’s impending 2-0 loss to Kasimpasa, didn’t even let the pitch invader get past his six yard box, pummeling the poor lad with a flurry of left and right hooks. Maybe Tekin should consider taking up boxing to let out his rage.

As Cristiano Ronaldo might say, “Calma! Calma!”