Man United fan was so ‘overwhelmed’ by a late Cristiano Ronaldo winner that he put it on the Old Trafford pitch

A man who ran onto the Old Trafford pitch after Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo got a late winner has been ruled out of football matches for three years.

Shahin Ahmed, 27, traveled to Greater Manchester from London to see the Reds take on Villarreal in September.

In the 95th minute, Ronaldo brought United ahead 2-1.

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Ahmed, along with two others, stormed onto the pitch against the footballer before being tackled rugby by four security guards, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard.

He was arrested and searched and found with Xanax and diazepam, which were not prescribed to him.

Pleads guilty to possession of drugs; and entered a playing field at a football match, Ahmed was fined £ 80 and banned from matches for three years.




Prosecutor Neil White said: “Your worship should consider a ban on football.

“He had entered the field during the match in front of 70,000 people at risk of antagonizing the home and away supporters.

“He did not know how they could have reacted and whether there was a likelihood that violence would occur.

“He walked in the excitement of the moment, but there was a risk of violence.”

The prosecutor said there has been an increase in violence at matches after fans returning to stadiums.

Ahmed has previous convictions for driving cases and drug offenses dating back to 2017.

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Mitigating, Nnamdi Inegbu said his client ‘deeply regrets’ his actions and said the incident caused him and his family a ‘great deal of embarrassment’.

“It was his birthday at the time and there is nothing to suggest he was under the influence of alcohol,” he said.

“He was celebrating at the time and it just overwhelmed him and he got on the pitch.

“He didn’t get very far – as soon as he got on the pitch he was rugby tackled by four guards.”

Sir. Inegbu added that Ahmed usually comes to Manchester to watch United play eight times a year from his hometown of Tower Hamlets in London.

Cottingham said: “We have taken into account everything that has been said about you – but it is still quite serious when it comes out on the pitch.

“The consequences could have been a problem.”

Ahmed, from Poplar High Street, was fined £ 80 and ordered to pay £ 109 in legal costs, along with a football ban covering all future and upcoming matches.

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