La Liga to file charges against fan who invaded field

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league said yesterday it will file criminal charges against the fan who ran onto the field during Barcelona’s match at Mallorca.

The match was played without fans but the youngster wearing an Argentina football jersey made it past security and took a photo of himself a few metres in front of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba.

La Liga said the fan, who was not wearing a mask or gloves when he entered the field early in the second half, disobeyed orders from security personnel and broke health safety laws in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The league condemned the fan’s actions and said they “constituted a crime”. It said such actions “jeopardise everyone’s health and the integrity of the competition”.