Germany-Spain semifinal interrupted briefly by fan
The World Cup semifinal between Germany and Spain was
interrupted briefly in the fourth minute Wednesday when an Italian
fan carrying a vuvuzela ran onto the field to protest the exclusion
of a player from Italy’s squad.
Italian news agency ANSA reported that the intruder is named
Mario Ferri, who was wearing a blue T-shirt with a slogan
protesting the absence of forward Antonio Cassano from Italy’s
national team at the tournament.
Ferri pulled a similar stunt last November during a friendly
between Italy and the Netherlands in Pescara.
The fan entered the field near Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s
net and sprinted almost to midfield before he was caught by
His hands were clasped behind his back and he was quickly taken
to the sidelines and lifted over the boards. Police then sprinted
with the man to a tunnel as play resumed.
South Africa Police Service spokesman Vish Naidoo was unable to
confirm the fan’s identity late Wednesday.
South African authorities have created special courts at World
Cup stadiums to fast-track cases arising from soccer-related
incidents during the tournament.