Russian soccer fan makes daring escape after running onto pitch

Usually, when a sports fan interrupts play by running onto the field, he or she meets an unfortunate fate—captured by local authorities, hauled off to jail, and forced to pay fines.

But sometimes, the result is instead gallant, imaginative, or heroic. And occasionally, it’s all three at once.

Take, for example, this video of a Russian soccer fan doing his thing.

(Nice job by security there, by the way. Way to even try to capture him.)

So, three cheers for the field invader’s innovative approach. Three cheers for his imagination and his utilitarian use of a scarf. And three cheers for the teamwork of strangers helping out a dude in need. 

It probably doesn’t need to be said, because it’s so obvious, but if all of Russia were like this in the 1980s, there probably never would have been a Cold War in the first place.

Photo via Jon Candy/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.