Monkey See, Monkey Do: Thieves strike before, during, and after the games too

Posted: December 4, 2010 in Monkey See; Monkey Do

By Kim DeRaedt

Pitch Invader:
  Jimmy Jump is notoriously known for trespassing on the turf of several major sporting events, most notably at some of soccer’s biggest matches.  Here Jump scurried past even the World Cup’s most qualified security and attempted to place a Barretina on the trophy before Spain and Holland’s big game.

Jump’s resume also includes:
2004:  During the UEFA Cup Final featuring Greece and Portugal, Jump threw an FC Barcelona flag at Luis Figo, the Portuguese captain, who had left the team to join Real Madrid in 2000. 
2005:  Jump struck at the UEFA Champions League semi-final match between Chelsea and Liverpool.  He also hopped onto the field when Barcelona squared off against Real Madrid in November
2006:  The UEFA Champions League semi-final was once again the target.  This time Jump sprinted onto the pitch and tossed a Barcelona jersey at Arsenal’s Thierry Henry.  He was fined €60,100.
2007:  He ran onto the field waving a flag in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Milan but was not shown on live broadcast.
2008:  “Tibet is not China.” …or so Jimmy Jump’s shirt informed the world when he raided the field at the end of the UEFA Euro 2008 semi-final between Turkey and Basel with a Tibetan flag in his hand.  He also targeted and succeeded in interfering with Barcelona’s match against Racing de Santander.
2010:  Jump’s World Cup incident hardly burned a hole in his pocket when he was fined roughly $290.  Therefore, he had money left in his bank account for the €350 fine he incurred when he entered the field in a match pitting Újpest against Ferencváros.  This time Jump displayed one of his many hidden talents by kicking the ball in Ferencváros’s goal before spending four hours in police custody.   

Cup Crimes

At least Jump just caused havoc, never harm.  On the other hand, the World Cup has twice been the target of opportunistic thieves. 

In 1966, the World Cup trophy was snatched from a public exhibition in England.  It was only missing for seven days, however.  Soon after, a dog dug it up from under a tree in London.  The reason for its highjacking remains unknown.
Uh-oh, soccer’s biggest prize went missing again in 1973, but this story did not end happily ever after.  The trophy was in Rio de Janeiro following Brazil’s third World Cup championship, but authorities were never able to find it.  Some believe it was melted for its precious metals although the rumor will never be proven true. 

For a brief history on the world’s most sought-after dish:  http://www.headlinesnews.net/4142/the-history-behind-the-names-of-the-world-cup-of-soccer-trophy 

Watch your back!  Who said pickpocketing was limited to dark city alleys?  Sometimes the greatest crimes occur right on the field, in broad daylight, in front of thousands of players and fans excluding one unsuspecting goalkeeper.

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