Infamous British sport prankster ‘Jarvo 69’ sparks new fears over Champions League final security
The infamous prankster ‘Jarvo’ appears to have struck again, as video footage shows him celebrating with the Real Madrid players on the pitch after their Champions League final victory over Liverpool.
A video on YouTube shows ‘Jarvo’ – real name Daniel Jarvis – brazenly jumping over the barriers on the Stade de France pitch, just meters behind a row of French police officers facing the Real fans.
Incredibly, he then hugs Vinicius Jr, who scored the only goal of the game to give Real a 14th European win, speaks with Gareth Bale and then jumps the barrier again to shake hands with Casemiro, Eder Militao and Eden Hazard.
Jarvis had seemingly come close to the pitch by posing as a member of the television crew, as seen wearing a ‘TV’ vest, wearing a Real Madrid shirt – with Jarvo 69 on the back – and matching shorts underneath.
The incredible footage shows Daniel Jarvis jumping over the barrier on three separate occasions
Jarvis then walks to the cheering Real players and hugs match winner Vinicius Jr
The point-of-view footage captures the moment pitch invader Vinicius Jr. embraces
He walked unchallenged through the corridors of France’s national stadium before joining the pool of TV crew and cameramen behind the goal where the majority of Real Madrid fans lived.
Jarvis then strips down to his Real Madrid kit and, despite being close to the police, security officials and stewards, walks unnoticed onto the pitch and strolls towards the group of players before hugging Vinicius.
“We did it, brother, we did it,” Jarvo tells the Brazilian star in the video, titled “INVADING CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL – *SUCCESS*.
In another daring act, which came just hours after crowds and security issues around the Stade de France forced a 36-minute delay to kick-off and fans were shelled by French police with pepper spray and tear gas, Jarvis decides to try his luck. again – and succeeds.
The footage shows the infamous pitch invader up close and personal with Real players
After a third invasion, Jarvo hugs and addresses Eden Hazard
The footage raises serious concerns about a lack of security at the Champions League final
He briefly returns to the group of TV staff before crossing the small barricade to join hands and hug Casemiro and a reluctant Eder Militao.
Jarvis took the field for a third time to shake hands and hug substitute Hazard, before finally being accosted by security and escorted out of the room.
In the video, Jarvis is also seen close to pundits like Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards, as well as sports host Kate Abdo.
The images raise serious concerns about the security operation of the French authorities and UEFA and follow pre-match problems, which are now the subject of an investigation by the governing body of European football.
It’s the latest example of Jarvis disrupting a major sporting event. In September, he was arrested on suspicion of assault after entering the field of play for the third consecutive England Test match and causing a confrontation with Jonny Bairstow.
Jarvis had already been banned from Lord’s and Headingley for being on the playing field during the second and third Tests against India.
At Headingley, Jarvis burst into the field with pads, a helmet and a bat. Bairstow was involved again, appearing furious with Jarvis, kicking a batting glove at him while yelling at him before two members of security dragged him away.
Jarvis has previously disrupted other sporting events, including three England Test matches
In September, he was arrested on suspicion of assault after entering the field of play and colliding with Jonny Bairstow
In the second Test at Lord’s, he had entered the outfield, posing as an Indian outfielder.
In October, Jarvis had to be escorted off the pitch at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff after he invaded the field and lined up next to the New Zealand rugby stars for their clash with Wales.
It was his fifth stunt of the year after three cricket invasions and a disruption to an NFL game.
The French government has tried to blame Liverpool for the chaos ahead of the final in Paris, where fans of Jürgen Klopp’s side feared for their safety as women and children, among others, were trapped in severe congestion outside the stadium.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has written to Amelie Oudea-Castera, France’s sports minister, asking for an apology for her claim that 30,000 to 40,000 people had been ‘without tickets or with fake tickets’ at the Stade de France.
Supporters have lashed out at the French police, authorities and UEFA for causing trouble in the hours leading up to the scheduled 9pm CET kick-off.