Pitch Invasor, decorated by Sam Kerr, cannot be arrested
The man who entered the field and only had to leave after receiving a body slam from Sam Kerr will face no legal action for the act, The Athletic’s Charlotte Harpur reported.
That’s because the law to curb fan disorder at football matches in the UK does not apply to the women’s competition, according to the report. The Metropolitan Police Department has not arrested the fan of Wednesday’s incident, she confirmed to Harpur, and has no intention of doing so.
It’s a worrying loophole as women’s football continues to rise in popularity.
No Arrest for Sam Kerr Decorated Fan
A young fan took to the pitch during a women’s Champions League match between Chelsea and Juventus on Wednesday. Safety was nowhere to be found and a Chelsea player tried to gently push him to the touchline to get off the field.
As he sauntered back to the players, who were still snapping video of themselves, Kerr dropped a shoulder and decked him out. What appeared to be a coach or coach led him off the pitch at this point.
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Kerr was given a yellow card and the club suspended the fan. But police officials have confirmed to The Athletic that no arrest has been made, although Section 4 of the Football (Offences) Act 1991 appears to allow such an arrest.
The Disorderly Fan Conduct Act does not apply to women
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The law states: “It is an offense for any person, at a specific football match, to enter the field of play, or an area adjacent to the field of play to which spectators are generally not permitted, without lawful authority or a lawful excuse [which shall be for him to prove].”
The key term is “designated soccer game”. According to the regulation made in 2004, a designated match is a match in which one or both teams represent a club which is a member of the English Football League, Premier League, Football Conference or League of Wales, or a club representing country or territory .”
The list completely excludes women’s games, according to The Athletic. Therefore, the fan who entered the field did not violate the law and did not commit any criminal offense.
The safety of female athletes takes a back seat
The Women’s Champion League was founded in 2001 as the UEFA Women’s Cup. The legislature could and should have included it by name in the 2004 regulation, but did not.
It’s another example of women’s exclusion from the general sport discussion and has potentially dangerous implications. It ended well enough this time, as Kerr graced the fan in a ridiculous moment that flew around social media sites overnight. But it could have ended in tragedy.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes raised concerns with reporters after the game, noting that as women’s football grows and players develop into superstars, their safety must become a priority.
But The Athletic reported that matches will not be attended by police unless there is a special need, such as when there is a special need. B. a packed stadium or a recent crime in the area. And the theme extends across the pond, where the WNBA and the NWSL are growing in popularity in the US
In September 2019, Los Angeles Sparks star Chiney Ogwumike saw a fan approach her sister, former MVP Nneka Ogwumike, on the court after a game. Security was there to tackle the fan, although it initially got past them.
But in general, security is looser at women’s events. And now it’s clear, at least in the UK, that laws don’t protect female athletes either.
This change needs to be made a priority before something terrible happens.