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VIDEO/PICS: Security nabs fan who jumped fence to touch Messi

2018-05-17 13:14

Cape Town - A spectator jumped a fence at FNB Stadium to get a once in a lifetime opportunity to touch Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

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The Catalans landed in South Africa on Wednesday morning for the Mandela Centenary Cup clash against Mamelodi Sundowns later the same day.

Barca did not disappoint the 90 000-strong crowd as they fielded all their stars on the special night.

However, it took the Catalans manager Ernesto Valverde 65 minutes to give Messi the nod to start warming up after calls from the crowd to bring on the 30-year-old.

During his warm-up, the star forward was greeted by cheers from the crowd - and one fan took the liberty of attempting to get a bit closer than desired.

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Before Messi was finally introduced in the 74th minute, for Ruiz de Galarreta, the fan jumped the fence and charged towards Messi for a quick embrace.

A swarm of security guards were quick to protect the Argentinian as they charged down the fan and dragged him off the field.

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