Streaker runs onto the pitch in Manchester United's Europa League tie despite no fans


So much for behind closed doors! Streaker runs on the pitch during Manchester United’s Europa League win over Granada… despite fans not being allowed into the stadium to watch the quarter-final clash

  • A streaker ran onto the pitch in the opening minutes of the quarter-final tie 
  • The pitch invader somehow evaded security and ran across the pitch in Spain 
  • The man was detained by police after the incident was caught on television 
  • It was particularly a surprise as fans were not allowed into the stadium 

Fans might not be allowed into stadiums due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this didn’t get in the way of one man’s urge to streak during a football match.   

The bizarre incident took place during Manchester United’s first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie against LaLiga side Granada.

With just five minutes on the clock, a man sporting a long beard and wild curly hair, spread his arms out as he ran across the field naked.

Manchester United's game briefly came to a stop when a streaker broke free onto the pitch

Manchester United’s game briefly came to a stop when a streaker broke free onto the pitch

The man was detained by police after cameras caught him running across the turf

The man was detained by police after cameras caught him running across the turf

The man’s antics were briefly caught by television broadcasters before cameras quickly panned elsewhere to one of the players.

As the cameras turned their attentions away, the man who somehow evaded security to get onto the pitch was apprehended by police and escorted off the turf, allowing play to resume.

How the man could even get onto the pitch was a surprise, with fans not allowed into the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmene stadium.

It was a bizarre moment in a game which saw Manchester United take a 2-0 victory in Spain

It was a bizarre moment in a game which saw Manchester United take a 2-0 victory in Spain

The man breached Covid-19 protocol as restrictions in Spain mean Granada fans were not allowed in the stands to watch arguably the biggest game in their club’s history 

Though cameras picked up the streaker, they ever so nearly missed the first goal of the game when Marcus Rashford brilliantly slotted home to give United the lead.

Bruno Fernandes scored a stoppage time penalty to give the Red Devils a 2-0 advantage going into the second-leg at Old Trafford.  

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