FORMER footballer Chris Kamara showed he has not lost his turn of pace as he chased down a suspected thief in Brazil.
Kamara, 56, who is in Brazil for the World Cup, caught the suspect, who is thought to have been arrested and marched off to a police station.
The former Leeds United, Bradford City and Sheffield United player spoke of his delight at his actions and tweeted: “Not lost me pace!!! I just caught this street robber. Done in now, though.”
He also tweeted pictures of the man, having failed to escape the scene of the crime, sitting barefoot on the ground with a T-shirt over his head as the police arrived. He was also shown being handcuffed and taken to the police station.
Describing the suspect as “my prize catch”, Kamara also tweeted: “My good deed has backfired I have to go to the police station now to make a statement.
“Giving my statement now, ‘well I ran after him & caught him’. Have to go to the station to write it down!!!! I am on me holidays.”
Kamara, who lives in Wakefield, also tweeted: “Police & British Consulate in Brazil have politely told me off, a lot of these guys are armed!”
Kamara attached a link to the Foreign Office’s tips for football fans travelling to Brazil. It warns: “Be ready to hand over valuables if you’re threatened; don’t attempt to resist attackers, they may be armed or under the influence of drugs.”
In his playing career Kamara turned out for Portsmouth, Swindon Town, Brentford, Stoke City, Leeds United, Luton Town, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and Bradford City. He also had two spells as a manager at Bradford City, winning promotion via the 1996 play-off finals, and at Stoke City.
He is a pundit for Sky Sports and known for his byplay with football host Jeff Stelling. He is noted for his excitable match updates, often including the phrase: “Unbelievable, Jeff.”