LONDON: A UAE football game came to an abrupt halt this week thanks to a pitch invasion — by someone in a car.
The under-18s UAE league match between Al-Jazeera and Shabab Al-Ahly was suspended after the driver invaded the pitch for approximately 16 seconds, circling the players before speeding off.
The scene was captured by Sharjah Sports TV and widely shared on social media.
Some social media users who tweeted the video found it funny whilst others deemed the fan’s behaviour as reckless and dangerous. They include Twitter user @YalaGoal1 who commented that the fan’s actions could have “led to a disaster” at the match.
Mukalla9962 wrote on Sharjah Sports TV’s Instagram page that “We are in the UAE, a state where there is order and laws. This person should be prosecuted so that this doesn’t happen again.”
Al-Nassr’s Nigerian superstar Ahmed Musa (back right) joins (front left to right) Al-Hilal’s Ali Al-Habsi and Mohammad Jahfali and (back left) Saleh Alweheemed ahead of this weekend’s 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix. (Photo/Supplied)
‘It’s epic’: Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal stars tour incredible Ad Diriyah E Prix venue
22 Formula E drivers will battle it out for glory this weekend
"I’m very happy to see how Saudi Arabia is becoming a rising name for big sports"
Updated 10 December 2018
JEDDAH: They may be fierce rivals in the Saudi Pro League, but some of the biggest stars of Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr football got together to tour the venue of one of the most anticipated motor racing events in Saudi history.
The players soaked up the atmosphere as they visited the home of the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix.
This weekend the 2.495km track created within the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah will see 22 Formula E drivers battle it out for glory.
Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi said: “I’m totally amazed by what they have built here, the track, the grandstands, the hospitality, it’s incredible what they’ve created for the Formula E. It’s epic.
“As a professional athlete I’m very happy to see how Saudi Arabia is becoming a rising name for big sports, this will be a fiercely fought contest which is sure to thrill the fans.”
The racing extravaganza will also be accompanied by fan zones, entertainment and cultural attractions.
Three nights of music concerts will feature some of the biggest names in world.
US smash hit OneRepublic and superstar DJ/producer David Guetta will wrap up the event after the race ends on Saturday with Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo and Amr Diab performing from Thursday.
Al Nassr’s Nigerian superstar Ahmed Mussa said: “We’re all about entertaining fans and bringing people together, that’s what football and sport is all about. These three nights will be a spectacle like nothing we’ve seen before and I urge our fans to come and be part of history.”