A pitch-invader from Thursday night’s AFL match between Geelong and Collingwood will be quarantined for two weeks and fined up to $50,000 dollars for his act of idiocy.
The unnamed shirtless man leapt the fence at Perth’s Optus Stadium near the 50 metre marking, before he was quickly tackled by four security guards and led from the field.
Fines for pitch invasions have been increased in light of the coronavirus pandemic, with security wearing masks and gloves to grab the man in front of 22,000 fans.
Fans were not allowed to sit in the first two rows to avoid contact with any of the players, who were allowed to play despite being subject to a 14 day quarantine.
The West Australian described the pitch invader as ‘idiotic’ in their report, and the general consensus among most fans was roughly the same.
“What a fool,” West Australian journalist Caitlyn Rintoul tweeted.
“That $30 ticket just got a lot more expensive.”
There is no details yet about any charges being laid against the man.
Controversy over massive AFL crowd
Despite the pleas of health workers to consider, Perth Stadium hosted a crowd of over 22,000 on Thursday night for Collingwood’s clash with Geelong.
22,077 fans packed into Perth’s new stadium as the Magpies kicked away to a 22-point victory.
Fans weren’t allowed in the first two rows and there was plenty of social-distancing in place given the stadium capacity is 60,000.
The large crowd was allowed under Western Australia’s protocols, however it didn’t sit well with everyone.
Before the game, a poll of around 2000 West Australian nurses found 94 per cent were against the mass gathering, deeming it “too risky”.
Australian Nursing Federation Secretary Mark Olson said it was “clearly a risk”, while Australian Medical Association’s WA president Dr Andrew Miller described it as a “huge gamble”.
“What we’re betting with is the health and livelihood of the whole of Western Australia,” Mr Olson said this week.
“We’ve had at least 1000 Victorians allowed to enter the state in the week prior to the latest Victorian lockdown and the Premier cannot guarantee that all of those people were COVID-19 free.
“The Premier knows there is already a danger to WA from the Victorian outbreak because he quickly moved to postpone the level five easing of restrictions for at least two weeks and that’s presumably to see if there are any positive cases turning up here.”