Images of a pitch invader being brutally approached by security personnel at a football match have sparked a debate on social media.
Footage of a pitch invader being accosted by security personnel at an MLS game in Nashville went viral on AEST Sunday.
The 2-2 draw between Nashville and Atlanta United was marred by a lengthy rain delay, with GEODIS Park bombarded by wild weather over the weekend.
And one of the spectators decided to pass the time by storming onto the field, dodging a couple of security personnel as he ran across the field.
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But as the crowd cheered her from the stands, a member of the ground crew brutally tackled her to the deck.
The woman appeared to be in a daze as she was helped to her feet, with some football fans suggesting she had suffered a concussion.
Someone can be heard in the video yelling, “Damn!”
Another voice in the clip asks, “Is he out?”
Debate erupted on social media over whether the input was necessary, particularly considering none of the players or coaching staff were on the pitch.
Video of the incident recorded more than 140,000 views on Twitter in less than four hours.
Atlanta United’s Dom Dwyer scored the equalizer in the 88th minute to frustrate the hosts in Nashville, with honors split after Sunday’s rain-soaked game.
Last month, a female pitch invader who ran partially nude across the pitch during an NRL game on the Gold Coast was sentenced in court.
Titans fan Javon Johanson jumped the fence during Parramatta’s win at Cbus Super Stadium in April, with footage showing the 28-year-old being spectacularly tackled by a security guard before being escorted off the field.
Ms Johanson appeared in Southport Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to entering a major sports facility without permission.
He managed to avoid a conviction, but was given a three-month good conduct bond.
Johanson previously accepted that he did something wrong and, despite arguments, the security guard’s entrance was too strong, saying he “got what he deserved.”
Originally published as Female pitch invader viciously accosted by security at MLS game