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Raging Indonesia fan crosses line in sudden burst of passion

WE'VE all been there. You know, that moment when you've had enough of watching your team perform like circus clowns and you've thought: "I could do better than that lot."

Well, one fan decided he would turn his thoughts into actions last Wednesday during the Asian Cup qualifier in Jakarta between Indonesia and Oman, which the visitors won 2-1.

Hendri Mulyadi ran on to the pitch late in the game, seized possession of the ball in Oman's half and ran down the wing before cutting inside to take a shot at the 'keeper.

A chasing policeman finally caught hold of Mulyadi and wrestled him to the ground before he was led away to the sounds of raucous cheering from the home fans.

Mulyadi admitted his actions were prompted out of sheer frustration at watching Indonesia, who have capped a dismal run of results with failure to qualify for the Asian Cup for the first time since 1992.

"I was very disappointed with our team's performance because they never win, they either lose or draw. I want Indonesia to have players like Lionel Messi," he said, as a pig flew over the stadium.

Incidentally, the Indonesia players may have had the last laugh when they saw Mulyadi's pathetic effort at a shot saved by the Oman goalkeeper.

Irish Independent