Bankwest Stadium’s streaker 'problem'
A STREAKER who ran onto Bankwest Stadium with 90 seconds left in West Tigers star Benji Marshall's 300th game yesterday has been identified as a radio executive who was attending the game as a guest of the NRL.
The game was all but over with the Eels leading 28-18 when security tackled Austereo national account manager Matthew Cooper on the 40m.
The Daily Telegraph was first to reveal who the streaker was, and his employer Southern Cross Austereo - the radio broadcast rights holder for select fixtures - confirmed to news.com.au it was their employee who had run nude onto the field and that he had been provided the ticket "for use in a personal capacity".
"SCA is aware of the matter and currently looking into it further," an SCA spokesperson told news.com.au.
As the incident played out, the Channel 9 commentary team had made jokes on the broadcast.
"And we got a streaker on the field. Where's those binoculars?" Johns said.
"You don't want to look," Warren responded.
"Oh yes I do," Johns laughed.
"You don't need binoculars, I can assure you. Andrew, I tell you what, you'd have to have big magnification on them," Warren joked.
Mr Cooper allegedly took off his clothes, hid behind a Nine cameraman and sprinted onto the field, the Telegraph reported.
A NSW police spokesperson told news.com.au the man was issued a court attendance notice on site but could not confirm charges. He is due to appear at Parramatta Local Court next month.
The penalty for streaking is potentially severe as well with charges potentially reaching a maximum penalty 12 months in prison and a $12,000 fine.
It follows three other incidents of streaking at the new stadium in Parramatta.
On Friday May 31, a pitch invader ran onto the field as the Eels played the South Sydney Rabbitohs and made it to the 30m line where the Eels were defending before security caught the streaker.
On June 27 at the match between the Tigers and Rabbitohs, two men made it onto the field with one sliding in at the feet of a security guard and knocking him off his feet.
Some are noticing a trend.
Bankwest has more streakers per capita than any other ground in the NRL. #NRLTigersEels— James Smith (@JamesSmith1001) July 14, 2019
A statement sent to news.com.au from a Bankwest Stadium spokesperson said: "There are significant penalties in place for unauthorised access to the field of play. Bankwest Stadium is assessing security requirements and working with NSW Police, clubs and codes to raise awareness about the impact of pitch invasions to players, staff and officials.
"Pitch invasion puts player safety at risk and the interruption to play can adversely affect the outcome of the game. At all times, fans need to respect players and officials by not trespassing onto the field of play."
Third trip to Bankwest, third streaker. Never disappoints ...— christian nicolussi (@mrchrisnico) July 14, 2019