Trespass charge for man at Optus Stadium

Optus Oval before the match. Picture: AAP Image/Tony McDonough
Optus Oval before the match. Picture: AAP Image/Tony McDonough

A MAN who tried to run onto the pitch at Optus Stadium in Perth during a soccer match between Manchester United and Leeds United will be charged with trespass but people involved in a separate brawl will not face any offences.

More than 56,000 people attended the friendly match on Wednesday night when a 29-year-old man, who was not wearing any pants, breached the perimeter fence at the oval but was quickly tackled by security.

Police said the West Australian man did not make it onto the playing area and was issued with a move on notice.

He will be charged by summons with trespassing, a police spokeswoman said.

Security and police also evicted several people for disorderly behaviour following a violent incident in the stands, but no one was charged despite video evidence.

Footage shows people being punched in the head, pushed and kicked before authorities swooped in.

One woman also accused bystanders of “egging them on”.

“Let them deal with it, don’t encourage violence!” she shouted.

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