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Pitch Invader, Who Interrupted Barcelona's Game, Says Police Made Him Delete Photo with Lionel Messi

The pitch invader who interrupted Barcelona's game. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

The pitch invader who interrupted Barcelona's game. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

The man, who invaded the pitch during Barcelona's La Liga return match vs Mallorca, said he had it planned since knowing the match was happening.

Spain's LaLiga returned with entry for fans restricted inside stadiums. Despite this, a man did a pitch invasion during Barcelona's match against Mallorca. The match was held at San Moix, Mallorca's home ground.

The man calmly walked on to the pitch early in the second half and approached Barca full back Jordi Alba before proceeding towards Messi. Security guards tackled him and escorted him away. He was wearing an Argentina shirt.

"I 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," he later told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, declining to give his name. He said that he was a French national living in Mallorca.

"I got a photo but it wasn't a very good one and the police made me delete it. I stopped with Jordi Alba to tell him I was going for Messi. It was a nice experience."

Barcelona returned to action after the three-month layoff with a comfortable 4-0 win away to Real Mallorca on Saturday night.

Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi scored the goals that extended Barca's lead at the top of the table to four points over Real Madrid, who entertain Eibar on Sunday.

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first published:June 14, 2020, 17:10 IST