A selfie taken by a pitch invader during United’s Premier League match with Crystal Palace yesterday hit Tiktok.
During a break in the game, a young man ran onto the field and went straight to Casemiro, taking a selfie with him and kissing him on the neck.
Casemiro handled the situation calmly as the Selhurst stewards seemed to take ages to react and deal with the situation.
The guy who got the selfie with Casemiro 😂🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/2wRLoWEy9g
— UtdPlug (@UtdPlug) January 19, 2023
Although all this turned out to be a harmless act of elation, the ease with which the man was able to approach and touch the player is of concern to the Premier League.
There have been several cases in sports where fans have attacked players, including a high-profile case last weekend when a fan punched Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale at the end of a North London derby.
Tennis star Monica Seles also received a famous injury on the court from crazy fan Steffi Graf in 1993.
It looks like Palace are attracting an invasion of the pitch this season. In September, the Premier League fined Everton 300,000 pounds for the fact that fans took to the field against the wards of Patrick Vieira.
It is unknown whether yesterday’s madness affected the Brazilian.
He didn’t look bothered, although an ill-timed lunge later in the game resulted in a yellow card that ruled him out of Sunday’s vital clash with league leaders Arsenal at Highbury.
It was an unnecessary and clumsy move that manager Eric ten Hag or his assistant coach Steve McLaren did not like, as can be seen from another post on the social network.
Steve McClaren’s reaction when Casemiro received a yellow card against Crystal Palace. 😂 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/FfITQgqVKq
— MUFC Scoop 🔴 (@MUFCScoop) January 19, 2023
The loss of United’s points at Selhurst means that talk of a title fight may have been premature, although a win over the Gunners would have revived them quickly.