Wellington Scoop

Man breaks ankle, then charged with pitch invasion at Westpac Stadium

A man was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle after he tried to jump a barrier to get onto the playing surface during last nights Rugby League World Cup quarter final between New Zealand and Fiji at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium.

Police said he would face a charge of pitch invasion under the Major Events Management Act, which carries a maximum penalty on conviction of up to three months’ jail or a fine of up to $5000.

“He was intoxicated and climbing over the fence when he fell and quite seriously injured himself,” said Wellington District Rugby League World Cup Operations Commander Inspector Neil Banks. “This is one of the many reasons we don’t want people trying to get onto the pitch. It’s dangerous.”

A second person was also been charged with pitch invasion following a separate incident. A third patron was arrested when he became disorderly while being evicted from the stadium.

In total, Police and security evicted nine people.

Inspector Banks said “overall the crowd was well behaved, with the Fijian supporters creating a good family atmosphere.”

Fiji won the match 4-2.