Fans at an MLS football game were left stunned after a female pitch invader was absolutely decked in a tackle from security personnel.
The game between Nashville and Atlanta United was put on pause as wild rain marred the fixture at GEODIS Park.
One overzealous fan took this as an opportunity to make a name for herself as she jumped the fence, dodging a few staff in the process, before copping a rugby tackle for her troubles.
The video, posted by former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden, shows a pair of security guards chasing after the pitch invader before one comes from a different angle to cut her off.
Update from Nashville rain delay… female pitch invader tackled by security 😱😱😱😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/CoweOkNcsy— Stu Holden (@stuholden) May 22, 2022
The security guard in question looked to have used some pretty excessive force as he rocked the invader to the ground, as she appeared to hit pretty hard.
Fans could be heard in the video saying ‘you didn’t have to do that’, as they genuinely seem shocked by the events.
One fan asks: “Is she out?”
The footage sparked debate online about whether the security guard was within his rights to make such a severe tackle.
One user pointed out: “Seems like excessive force given that literally no one is on the pitch.”
While another said: “I know no one wants to encourage pitch invasions but this seems a bit unnecessary, they knock this woman out cold and for what?”
Some, on the other hand, felt the invader got what she deserved.
One tweeted: “Keep the reputation up. Everyone who does that gets drilled, no questions, no excuses.”
Keep the reputation up. Everyone who does that gets drilled, no questions, no excuses— Dr ATLeagle (@ATLeagle) May 22, 2022
Another user said: “Oh please… but it’s okay when dudes get tackled. Stop it. Every action has consequences. What do you want here?”
Just last month, a female pitch invader by the name of Javon Johanson jumped the fence during an NRL fixture at Cbus Super Stadium.
The woman was spectacularly tackled by a security guard before being escorted off the pitch.
She since admitted that ‘she got what I deserved’, despite the security guard’s tackle also seeming excessive.
BREAKING: Titans pitch invader Javon Johanson who suffered a brutal takedown from a security guard has pleaded guilty to running on the field shirtless and was given a 3-month good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded.@7NewsGoldCoast @7NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/71riOqkAiX— Kaitlan Steadman (@KaitlanSteadman) April 26, 2022
In England, there has been an uptake of pitch invasions that have turned violent in recent weeks, as the football season concluded.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was assaulted by multiple Manchester City fans as they stormed the field as their side was confirmed as Premier League champions.
It was the third high-profile incident in recent weeks with Crystal Palace manager Patrick Viera kicking an Everton fan after being harassed, and a Nottingham Forest fan violently head butting Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Stu Holden.
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