PERTH: A pitch invader has been fined a total of $9,000 for running onto a cricket field and tackling a Pakistan player during a one-day international in Perth.
David James Fraser, 37, of the southern Perth suburb of Yangebup, tackled Pakistan’s Khalid Latif to the ground as he fielded against Australia in the match between the two teams at the WACA ground on January 31.
Latif, 24, hurt his neck and later required medical attention after he was grabbed from behind in the 47th over of Australia’s run chase.
Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam said at the time that Latif had been lucky not to have suffered a serious injury.
The incident led West Australian cricket authorities to call for stiffer penalties for field invaders at the state’s major sporting events.
Fraser was fined $6,000 on a charge of trespass for the ground invasion and $3,000 for common assault, after pleading guilty to both counts.
The second spectator to have invaded the ground during the match, Fraser was banned for life from attending the WACA ground immediately after the incident.
He said following his arrest that he had been drinking all day and had run onto the field following a dare from a friend.
Former Australian paceman Terry Alderman almost had his career ended by a serious shoulder injury he suffered while tackling a fan during a ground invasion at the WACA Ground in the 1982/83 Ashes series.
The West Australian Cricket Association (WACA) said that following Tuesday’s hearing it would continue to work with the state government and other major sporting bodies to push for tougher minimum penalties for pitch invaders.
“Field of play invasions by spectators during major sporting events are dangerous, disrupt major public events and can influence the outcome of those events, while also damaging Australia’s and WA’s reputation in the eyes of international viewing audiences,” it said in a statement.