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Free-kick dasher charged

London – A man has been charged after he ran onto the pitch and took a free-kick during a Premier League match at West Ham United, British police announced on Sunday.

Jordan Dunn, 22, from Dover, southeast England, is accused under Section 4 of Britain’s Football Offences Act 1991, which forbids people from going onto the pitch without lawful authority or excuse.

Tottenham's' Eric Dier goes round West Ham keeper Adrian to score. Credit: AFP

The supporter ran on and kicked the ball towards goal as Tottenham Hotspur prepared to take a free-kick during their 1-0 win at Upton Park on Saturday, which was the season’s opening day.

His left-foot “shot” was saved by West Ham goalkeeper Adrian and he was then chased from the pitch by a steward, prompting cheers from the crowd.

Dunn is due to appear in court again on September 1. – Sapa-AFP

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