La Liga to pursue legal action against pitch invader


La Liga to pursue legal action against pitch invader

La Liga's organising body has stated that it will be filing for criminal action against the pitch invader that ran onto the pitch in the behind-closed-doors game between Mallorca and Barcelona on Saturday.


The Messi-mad fan, wearing an Argentina shirt with Messi on the back, went against strict security measures that were instilled to stop the spread of coronavirus, going onto the pitch very early in the second half.


A statement on Sunday from La Liga stated that the man managed to access the pitch "without any authorisation" whilst "disobeying the protocols established by health legislation, as well as disobeying the orders of security staff".


Adding to this, the Spanish football governing body said that it "also wishes to show its absolute condemnation for this type of conduct that puts the health of others at risk and risks damaging the integrity of the competition."


The fan is a French Mallorca resident, and once being ejected by the security personnel and the police, he spoke to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, saying that in order to get in, he had scaled a two-metre fence.


Speaking to the radio station, he said that he "had planned this ever since I knew the match was happening, I wanted a photo with Messi and to meet him because he's my idol."


Mallorca are also investigating how he managed to get into the stadium.