Watch the Pitch Invader During the US-Belgium Match Jump From a Wheelchair Onto the Field

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July 2 2014 7:18 PM

Pitch Invader During US-Belgium Match Jumped From a Wheelchair Onto the Field

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Tuesday's pitch invader back on his feet.

Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

It’s a classic drunken fan move: Run out onto the field in the middle of a [insert any sport here] game. During the World Cup, you’d expect to be pretty tight.  But that didn’t stop an ambitious pitch invader from making his way onto the field, briefly interrupting Tuesday’s U.S. versus Belgium match. If you were wondering how on earth someone could get onto the field during one of the most tightly guarded sporting events in the world, here’s your answer: He pretended to be disabled.

Here’s serial pitch invader, Italian Mario Ferri, hopping out of a wheelchair and making a beeline for the pitch.

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The fact that Ferri also managed to get on the field last World Cup makes the situation—from a security standpoint—even more absurd. But, then again, so is this: “The 2014 World Cup has had a few problems with some wheelchair users allegedly faking a need for designated seating in order to gain access to the matches,” according to Yahoo Sports. “Police even opened an investigation earlier in the tournament after pictures of wheelchair users rising to their feet and cheering goals hit the Internet.”

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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