Invading Eurocup fan sent sprawling by player punch

Wed Jan 7, 2015 5:41pm EST
 
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PODGORICA (Reuters) - A court invader at a Eurocup basketball game got more than he bargained for when he shoved a visiting player but was then sent sprawling to the deck by a full-blooded punch from his team mate.

Video footage from the match in Montenegro between hosts Buducnost Podgorica and Turkish side Banvit Bandirma showed a fan dashing onto the court and pushing Sammy Mejia in the back.

This prompted American guard Earl Rowland to run to his team mate's rescue and throw a punch which sent the offender crashing to the floor.

When Mejia also retaliated, a scuffle ensued, forcing security stewards and police to move in before the game eventually resumed after a 15-minute delay.

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic in Belgrade; editing by Toby Davis)