AFL grand final: Pitch invader, a 22-year-old Thornlie man, charged by police

The West Australian
VideoSecurity guards tackle streaker at Perth AFL grand final 2021

A 22-year-old man from Thornlie has been charged by police after running onto the field in his underwear during last night’s grand final showdown.

Police this morning confirmed the streaker was charged with trespass after allegedly invading the AFL pitch at three quarter time, just before Melbourne annihilated the Western Bulldogs in the final term.

An Optus Stadium spokeswoman said the man will also face a ban of up to three years from Perth’s biggest sporting ground.

The Thornlie man was pictured wearing only grey Bonds underwear, socks and sneakers.

He was also sporting a massive smile as he was spotted pole-vaulting over security guards.

He was then carried off by several officers.

Police and Optus Stadium management will work out the length of the ban — if he is to receive one — in the coming weeks.

The maximum fine for pitch invaders is also $12,000.

The 22-year-old will appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court on October 5.

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