Irish soccer fan snatches match ball from Brazil's World Cup humiliation
Published 14/07/2014 | 10:06
One Irish fan escaped with a priceless memento from the worst defeat in the history of Brazilian football.
Kevin Treanor and his son, Oisín were seated behind the goal during the semi final tie which saw eventual champions Germany demolish Brazil in a 7-1 drubbing in Belo Horizonte last Tuesday.
When a rare shot from Brazilian winger Bernard soared into the stands the Monaghan native caught the ball and held on tight.
Kevin who now lives in Boston, was determined to smuggle the ball, which even had the date of the game and “Brazil v Germany” written on it out of the stadium without being caught.
Speaking to Monaghan station, Northern Sound, Kevin said: “Other supporters were trying to grab the ball off him [Oisín], but I has a tricolour which I wrapped round it and I said to my son, “Let’s get out of here.”
Another unique feature of the ball was that it also contained a mark from when Chelsea forward Andre Schürrle smashed the crossbar with the Germans seventh goal.
Kevin, who was also in attendance at the World Cup Final last night has admitted that he does not feel any guilt over taking the ball.
“Fifa can afford to lose a ball. I’m sure they wont go bankrupt, I still can’t believe this has happened.”