France and Croatia’s battle for World Cup glory was interrupted today, (July 15), as multiple people invaded the pitch.
Shortly after the second half began, a group of pitch invaders, wearing white shirts and black ties, were swiftly taken away by security.
Of course, people have been flocking to Twitter to react to the incident with everyone making the same joke about how Russian President Vladimir Putin will deal with the invaders.
One ‘tweeter’, James Kemish jokingly wrote:
That’s the last we will ever see of those pitch invaders, Mr Putin will have them excited before the trophy is lifted. #PitchInvader #WorldCupFinal #WorldCup
‘Excited’, don’t you mean, erm, ‘executed’ James? Damn autocorrect!
— James Kemish (@ENGkemishLFC) July 15, 2018
Another user, Jordan Marley, thought the same, tweeting:
Those three pitch invaders are f*cking clever mind aren’t they, running on the pitch at the World Cup Final in front of Vladimir Putin, good one lads, hope your inevitable deaths are worth it. #FRACRO
Those 3 pitch invaders are fucking clever mind aren’t they, running on the pitch at the World Cup Final in front of Vladimir Putin, good one lads, hope your inevitable deaths are worth it ?? #FRACRO
— Jordan Marley (@JordanMarley22) July 15, 2018
While a tweet from Matt Webster prayed for the pitch invaders online:
Poor pitch invaders about to get killed by Putin now. RIP.
— Matt Webster (@Randell90) July 15, 2018
User @estherl72 thought the pitch invaders made the game even more exciting commenting:
In an hour this game has seen a lot: three goals, VAR, a penalty kick, yellow cards, an own goal, and PITCH INVADERS!!!
— Esther Lucas (@estherl72) July 15, 2018
Russian activists have claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion in a lengthy post on their Facebook page.
NEWS FLASH! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — policeman enters the game’.
Today is 11 years since the death of the great Russian poet, Dmitriy Prigov. Prigov created an image of a policeman, a carrier of the heavenly nationhood, in the Russian culture.
The heavenly policeman, according to Prigov, talks on the two-way with the God Himself. The earthly policeman gets ready to disperse rallies. The heavenly policeman gently touches a flower in a field and enjoys Russian football team victories, while the earthly policeman feels indifferent to Oleg Sentsov’s hunger strike.
The heavenly policeman rises as an example of the nationhood, the earthly policeman hurts everyone.
The heavenly policeman protects baby’s sleep, the earthly policeman persecutes political prisoners, imprisons people for “reposts” and “likes”.
The heavenly policeman is the organizer of this World Cup’s beautiful carnival, the earthy policeman is afraid of the celebration. The heavenly policeman carefully watches for obeying the game rules, the earthly policeman enters the game not caring about the rules.
The FIFA World Cup has reminded us of the possibilities of the heavenly policeman in the Great Russia of the future, but the earthly policeman, entering the ruleless game breaks our world apart.
When the earthly policeman enters the game, we demand to, let all political prisoners free, not imprison for ‘likes’, stop illegal arrests on rallies, allow political competition in the country, not fabricate criminal accusations and not keep people in jails for no reason and turn the earthly policeman into the heavenly policeman.
During the tense final, the England squad also landed on British soil, returning home after an emotional month in Russia.
Although they may not have got the result they wanted, especially after losing to Belgium in the third place play-off yesterday (July 14), the team have still come home as heroes.
As they stepped off the plane at Birmingham Airport, the squad were in good spirits, being greeted with a warm welcome from fans who were flying England flags with excitement as the plane flew in.
Welcome back lads! You’ve done us all proud!
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.