A pitch invader who interrupted Manchester United’s Optus Stadium clash against Leeds says he had a personal reason for doing so.
Under his shirt was a statement he was hoping would help save lives. Instead, he’s now facing fines, a stadium ban and possible time behind bars.
Tackled before he could take his shirt off, Shaylan had some important words he wanted the world to see: “Speak up really. It’s not weak to speak.”
Shaylan said it was a stunt to raise suicide awareness.
He will be charged by summons with trespass for the stunt. It means he could now face a $12,000 fine and one year behind bars.
He will also be banned from the stadium for three years. He said it was all worth it to give others precious years of life.
On the pitch, the grudge match went on.
The arch rivalry between red and white boiled over after the game. There were scuffles in the stands and at one Perth pub a plunge into a water feature.
Fifteen people were kicked out of the stadium for anti-social behaviour but no serious charges were laid.
Acting tourism minister Bill Johnston said “any unruly behaviour is always disappointing” but that it wouldn’t detract from the great success of bringing Manchester United to Perth.
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