Man charged over free-kick pitch invasion

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A man has been charged after a football fan ran on to the pitch and took a free kick during a Premier League match.

Jordan Matthew Dunn, 22, from Dover in Kent, is accused under Section 4 of the Football Offences Act 1991, which states that it is an offence to go on to the playing area without lawful authority or excuse.

It comes after a supporter kicked the ball towards the goal West Ham United were defending at Upton Park against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

His shot was saved by West Ham’s Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel del Castillo while the pitch invader was chased by a steward amid cheers from the crowd. The incident provoked amusement on social media too, with one fan saying the effort was better than Spurs star Christian Eriksen’s free kick once play had resumed.