Footage of a female pitch invader getting brutally tackled by security staff at a football game has sparked debate on social media.
Footage of a female pitch invader getting tackled by security staff at an MLS match in Nashville has gone viral on Sunday AEST.
The 2-2 draw between Nashville and Atlanta United was marred by a lengthy rain delay, with GEODIS Park bombarded by wild weather over the weekend.
And one of the spectators decided to pass the time by storming onto the pitch, evading a couple of the security staff as she sprinted across the field.
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But as the crowd cheered her on from the stands, a member of the ground staff brutally tackled her into the deck.
The woman appeared to be dazed as she was helped back to her feet, with some football fans suggesting she had suffered a concussion.
Someone in the video can be heard yelling, “Damn!”
Another voice in the clip asks, “Is she out?”
Debate erupted on social media about whether the tackle was necessary, particularly considering none of the players or coaching staff were on the field.
The video of the incident registered more than 140,000 views on Twitter in less than four hours.
Atlanta United’s Dom Dwyer scored an 88th-minute equaliser to frustrate the hosts in Nashville, with honours split after Sunday’s rain-drenched contest.
Last month, a female pitch invader who ran partially naked across the field during an NRL game on the Gold Coast was sentenced in court.
Titans supporter Javon Johanson jumped the fence during Parramatta’s victory at the Cbus Super Stadium in April, with footage showing the 28-year-old getting spectacularly tackled by a security guard before being escorted off the pitch.
Ms Johanson fronted Southport Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to entering a major sports facility without permission.
She managed to avoid a conviction but was handed a three-month good behaviour bond.
Johanson previously accepted that she did the wrong thing, and despite arguments the security guard’s tackle was too heavy, she said she “got what I deserved”.