How pitch invader beat security to get close to Kohli in World Cup final
The individual has been identified as Wen Johnson who is an Australian TikToker who goes by Pajama Man on Instagram.
A pitch invader in support of Palestine amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas walks onto the pitch at the Narendra Modi stadium and tries to hug India’s Virat Kohli during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final on November 19. Reuters
The much-anticipated final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 between India and Australia in Ahmedabad had to be called off after a pitch intruder, identified as Australia’s Wen Johnson, managed to get security avoided, jumped the boundary rope and ran on the field and even approached Virat. Kohli. Security officers from all sides surrounded him and he was taken off the field.
This is not the first time Johnson has tried to attract attention by racing onto the field during live sporting events.
In August, he interfered in the Women’s World Cup football final between England and Spain. Back then he was wearing a ‘Free Ukraine’ T-shirt with ‘stop Putler’ printed on it. On that occasion, his actions caused a delay in the first half of the Women’s World Cup final.
In the India vs Australia match on Sunday, Johnson, clad in red shorts and a white t-shirt on to the field with the messages ‘Stop bombing Palestine’ on the front and ‘Free Palestine’ on the back, as well as a face . a mask in the colors of Palestine.
Johnson is an Australian TikToker known as Pajama Man on Instagram. According to a release from the Crime Branch, he engages in such publicity stunts, in touch with current international issues to gain fame.
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The release also revealed that Johnson’s father is of Chinese descent, his mother is from the Philippines, and that he lives in Sydney and works for a solar panel firm.
When he entered the stadium in the first innings, Johnson wore the blue jersey of the Indian team, with a white t-shirt with the message ‘Free Palestine’ underneath. And as soon as he got around the security officers, he removed the jersey before running towards Kohli. His stunt led to legal consequences, as a Gandhinagar court on Monday remanded him to one-day police custody.
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