A Manchester City supporter invaded the pitch today during the pre-match warmup against Everton, and tried to pass himself off as one of the City footballers.
The City supporter who was escorted off the field bears a striking resemblance to Manchester City defender Javi Garcia. But the Everton stewards weren’t fooled when the City fan invaded the pitch and ran along the touchline to join Roberto Mancini’s squad.
Ironically, the Manchester City pitch invader is believed to be from the London area, but is not a Manchester United supporter.
Manchester City supporters must have been thinking ‘Anything you can do United, we can do better.’ Except not in this case or in this season’s Premier League title race. Manchester City lost 2-0 to Everton today to hand cross-town rivals United a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League with eight matches to go.
The pitch invader is believed to be a BBC comedian who often imitates professional footballers (watch video here).
Today’s incident reminds me of the 2001 incident when football supporter Karl Power dressed up in a Manchester United kit and managed to find his way on to the field, and even joined in the official team photograph. That’s him on the far left of the video below.