World Cup final pitch invader fined

Published Jul. 13, 2010 3:43 p.m. ET

The Spanish man who ran onto the pitch at the World Cup final and tried to place a hat on top of the trophy was fined 2,000 rand ($260) by a South African court late Monday.

Jaume Marquet Cot, 34, appeared in the dedicated World Cup court in Johannesburg on charges of trespassing and attempted theft after he sprinted onto the field at Soccer City ahead of kickoff at Sunday's final.

He was floored by a punch from a security official just before he could get to the trophy, which was near the players' tunnel. Cot was then carried away by stewards up the tunnel and past Netherlands and Spain players who were waiting to come out onto the pitch.

Cot, also known as 'Jimmy Jump,' is a notorious pitch invader who has pulled off similar stunts at other sports events.

One of his supporters said Cot had been trying to place a traditional red barritina hat, which symbolizes freedom, on top of the World Cup trophy.

Six other people were arrested at the World Cup final for attempted pitch invasions after the game, a police spokesperson said.