Security guard pulls off ‘perfect tackle’ in brutal takedown of football pitch invader (VIDEO)
A security guard performed a stunning tackle that sent a pitch invader smashing into and over an advertising board during a World Cup qualifier.
A half-naked man halted play between Canada and Costa Rica with the score level at 0-0 in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.
Deep in the 18-yard box, he jogged through a pack of three men including Canada 'keeper Milan Borjan.
Yet a guard in a blue jacket was merely biding his time before calculating a run to perfection which saw him perform a cross between a hockey check and American football tackle on the over-excited punter.
Pitch invader at Canada v Costa Rica game… that is some hit… https://t.co/RYFoBiASlm— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) November 14, 2021
For me Clive that's a straight red.— Chris Lepkowski (@chrislepkowski) November 14, 2021
The fan folded over the hoardings like laundry to dry, with the security guard pulling him back onto the turf while clutching at his legs.
The match finished 1-0 to Canada thanks to a Jonathan David goal after 57 minutes.
But the "perfect tackle", as some fans dubbed it, was the main talking point online afterwards.
But TBF was it a clear goal scoring opportunity?— Monsieur Hulot (@jamestaylor1) November 14, 2021
I think we can go with serious foul play/violent conduct on this one— Chris Lepkowski (@chrislepkowski) November 14, 2021
If that’s a red card the games gone for me. What happened to contact sport?— miserable anti football northerner (@beckettl33) November 14, 2021
"For me, Clive, that's a straight red," said one enthusiast, using a phrase usually coined by British viewers.
"But to be fair, was it a clear goalscoring opportunity?," another jokingly asked.
"The antelope had no chance against the cheetah," quipped a popular ESPN pundit.
👀— y - Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos) November 13, 2021
Nice easy law suit for him, no he shouldn't have been there, but definite case of unreasonable force.— Stuart Elliott (@stuart0870) November 14, 2021
Canadian Football League outfit the Toronto Argonauts popped up in the replies with eye emojis, and a fellow Canuck said: "Our national rugby team needs to figure out who the guy was that threw the tackle. They need some help."
A party pooper added a more serious note by suggesting the potentially painful challenge would make for a "nice, easy lawsuit" for the fan.
🙄 seemed reasonable to me. Not sure what you see wrong with it— Rob V (@SomeguyLondon) November 14, 2021
Depends on the extent of any injury as to whether or not it was reasonable force.I am pretty sure you have to by law apply reasonable force, a minimum use of force to de-escalate depending on the risk, any injury may dictate that evaluation.Understand your thinking though 🙂— Peter (@St_Andr3ws) November 14, 2021
"No, he shouldn't have been there – but [there was a] definite case of unreasonable force," added the internet lawyer.
"Seemed reasonable to me," said a backer of the bouncer. "Not sure what you see wrong with it."
The result meant Canada are closing in on a place at the finals and are the only team with an unbeaten record in the regional CONCACAF qualifying.