A 13-year-old football fan has been fined and banned from entering stadiums for the next five years after taking a selfie with Barcelona star Memphis Depay.
The teenage boy, identified as Moet Amin, was among a group of ‘at least 16 fans’ to run onto the pitch during the Netherlands’ 4-0 World Cup qualifier win over Montenegro.
During the last minute of the game at the Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, the youngster ran up to Depay, who had scored two goals, to get a selfie before running off.
And Dutch outlet De Telegraaf have reported that Amin has suffered a severe punishment for his actions.
KNVB, the English FA equivalent in Holland, spoke to the 13-year-old’s parents on the phone and told them that he was ‘in principle’ not allowed into stadiums for five years.
But they did explain that ban could be reduced to 15 months, with 45 months – or three-and-three-quarter years – probation, if an alternative punishment is accepted.
While Amin was also told to pay a €100 fine, which is a reduction from the €450 being charged to the other pitch invaders.
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The 13-year-old was joined by his mother at the ground and made several TV appearances to explain his story following Saturday’s game in Eindhoven.
But the move has been criticised, with PSV supporter boss Harrie Timmermans saying: “This was not a safety issue, this is juvenile mischief."
While KNVB told De Telegraaf: "Entering the field is prohibited for young and old during and around a match.
“That is not for nothing, because entering the field by fans can cause unpleasant and unsafe situations.
“So it's not allowed if you don't mean any harm, as luckily turned out to be the case on Saturday.
“Not only can the stewards not judge someone's intentions at the time, such an action also encourages others to get on the field.
“This also happened in this match, at least fifteen people followed his example. To counter this, international rules have been drawn up for associations, clubs and visitors.”
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