There’s been several unsavoury incidents recently with supporters getting on football pitches and behaving like idiots.
But that’s not to say that every fan who makes their way to the field wants to cause trouble… some just want a cuddle.
That was the case with Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen on Thursday evening.
Denmark drew 0-0 away to Kosovo, with the Spurs man getting one of the goals.
During the match, a Kosovo fan ran on the pitch and went straight for Eriksen. When reaching the footballer, he threw his arms around him for a surprise hug.
Of course, it’s better than a surprise punch, but Eriksen was still a little taken aback.
Friday’s edition of Ekstra Bladet quotes him as saying: “I’ve never experienced that before. It came out of nowhere and was very different… it was fun enough to try one time. Now I hope it doesn’t happen again.”
Eriksen didn’t feel threatened and laughed with his teammates about it, but the pitch invader didn’t get what he really wanted: “He got to say ‘shirt, shirt’ before he was taken away. My shirt got a Danish soldier who was also at the stadium.”