Family of man who invaded the pitch at Wales v South Africa say he's received death threats

Family of man who invaded the pitch at Wales v South Africa say he’s received death threats

The pitch invader who caused uproar at yesterday’s clash in Cardiff between Wales and South Africa has received death threats since pulling the stunt.

The dad, who lives in the Caerphilly area and plays for a local rugby team, climbed over the Principality Stadium pitchside barriers in the final quarter of Saturday’s game, reportedly for a £20 bet with his mates.

However, his actions have been blamed for ruining a potential try-scoring opportunity for fullback Liam Williams, who had to dodge the invader and the steward who tackled him to the ground.

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Escorted from the ground by pitch staff, the fan was drenched in beer thrown by angry fans who began chanting abuse at him.

And now it’s believed he’s since had his life threatened over the incident, while his young family have become the target for online trolls.

“Needless to say he’s really regretting the decision now,” said a relative who asked not to be named.

“It was just a silly bet he’d made with a few mates to go on at the 70th minute of the match.

“He had no idea what was happening on the pitch at the time or that he’d be right in the middle of things.”

A pitch invader is wrestled off the field by stewards
(Image: Chris Fairweather/Huw Evans Agency)

(Image: Ben Evans/Huw Evans Agency)

(Image: Ben Evans/Huw Evans Agency)

The relative added: “He’s got a young family. His partner’s getting abuse on social media and other relations have been getting messages telling them horrible things are going to happen to him. It’s really shaken him up.

“We’re just really concerned for his mental wellbeing and want to stress that he’s not some kind of monster and doesn’t deserve all this.

“It was just a moment of stupidity that put him in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“We’ve all made mistakes in our lives and he’s really sorry for what he did.”

Wales ended up losing the match to the Springboks side by a slender 23-18, making it the South African team’s first win in Cardiff since 2013.

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