Probe into how pitch invader got disabled ticket

Updated: July 2, 2014, 3:11 PM ET
Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO -- World Cup organizers are investigating if an Italian man fraudulently received a disabled access ticket before running onto the field during the United States-Belgium match.

Mario Ferri ran across the field in Salvador on Tuesday, delaying play for about a minute in the first half.

He did the same thing at the 2010 World Cup, during a semifinal match between Spain and Germany, after entering the stadium in a wheelchair.

Brazilian organizing committee spokesman Saint-Clair Milesi says "we are checking how he had the access."

Milesi says if Ferri showed false papers at the stadium claiming to have a disability then "that is even more serious" than running onto the field.

FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer says official ticketing lists for the match did not include Ferri's name.


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