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2 year stadium ban for Polish swimming hero.

A man has received a two-year stadium ban after he ran onto the pitch at Warsaw’s National Stadium before the Poland vs England match was called off, Tuesday night.

The 41 year-old man, described as Adam D. ran onto the pitch while fans waited for announcements as to whether or not the World Cup qualifying match would have to be re-scheduled due to a five hour downpour in the Polish capital.

A Facebook page – Free Heroes of National Swimming Pool – was set up after Adam D. was arrested on Tuesday night and spent the next two nights in a police cell.

The Facebook page had nearly 60,000 fans at the time of writing this article.

The man emerged from the stands and made for one of the goals, to see, he told the district court in Warsaw, Thursday, whether the pitch was in a condition to allow the Group H match to go ahead.

Adam D reportedly told the court that he was not aware of the legal penalties against what he was doing and that he thought his actions would ease a growing tension in the crowd, as kick off time came and went with still no announcement made by the National Stadium.

Adam D. who was one of several males who invaded the pitch, was ordered to pay a small fine (around 25 euros) as well as having to serve a two-year stadium ban.

The re-scheduled match was finally played on Wednesday night when Poland and England drew 1 – 1.

Meanwhile, the National Sports Centre, which manages the National Stadium and the Polish Sports Ministry have set up two different investigations as to why the match had to be called off on Tuesday. The National Stadium, which was opened this year at a cost over 500 million euros, has a roof which can be closed when rain is forecast for an event.

On Tuesday night, the roof remained open as the pitch turned into a swimming pool.

October 18, 2012 - Posted by | News, Sport | , , ,

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