Pitch invasions during sporting events have been a common site over the years, but in recent times, the frequency of this kind of behaviour has seen a major increase. One such incident took place during the Monday Night Football game between the defending champions Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers.
Moments before half-time at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, a fan ran across the field with what appeared to be a flare letting out pink smoke. As the pitch invader sprinted near the Rams sideline, LA linebacker Bobby Wagner decided to extend some help for the security as he landed a clean tackle which laid the fan out with a big hit. The collision left a noticeable mark on the field near the 40-yard line.
After the match, Bobby Wagner talked about how he just wanted to make sure everyone on the field is safe as the smoke flares can be dangerous. "That's not making a play," Wagner said. "That's just keeping it safe. You don't know what that fan got or what they're doing. You see it all the time, and we don't know what they're carrying in their pockets.”
“It's whatever that little smoke stuff is, but that s--- could be dangerous. One of the guys on the other side, it looked like he got hurt, and security looked like he was struggling, so I was frustrated, so I took it out on him", he further added.
Talking about the game, the 49ers dominated the Super Bowl champions with a 24-9 victory led by Deebo Samuel’s 115 yards with one Touchdown. SF quarterback Jimmy Garapolo also had an incredible performance as he threw over 239 yards and one touchdown.