A Middlesbrough football fan has been arrested and faces a ban from watching future matches of his team for urinating in an opposing teams goalkeeper’s water bottle.
A video currently circulating on social media shows the man resealing the ‘tainted’ water bottle back on the pitch by the Queens Park Rangers’ goalpost at Loftus Road Ground in London.
Comments on social media point to the battle having been picked up earlier by a pitch invader. Though it is not clear whether Alex Smithies the goalkeeper in question actually drank the contaminated water.
A football officer for Cleveland Police stated on twitter “I’ve been asked by a few followers and can confirm the so-called @Boro fan who urinated in the @QPRFC goalie bottle was arrested by colleagues from @MPSFootballUnit.
It is a disgusting act and I will do all I can to remove him from attending Boro games again.”
The man has been charged with throwing an item on the pitch and will appear in court, London’s Metropolitan Police put in a statement.
The force’s football unit tweeted:
“After an investigation @MPSFootballUnit can confirm that the male arrested at the @QPRFC v @Boro game yesterday has been charged with throwing an item on to the pitch.
“The male has been bailed and will appear at court next month.”
See the video of the incident posted by Football Away Days below: