Published: Wed, June 27, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kangaroo interrupts Australian soccer match, refuses to leave field

Kangaroo interrupts Australian soccer match, refuses to leave field

Displaying his pace and agility, a plucky kangaroo forced an Australian soccer match to be delayed for nearly 20 minutes after he invaded the pitch and camped out in the goalmouth.

The Australian national football team competing at the World Cup are called the Socceroos - but a different kind of socceroo has dominated a pitch for half an hour in Canberra during a women's match.

An eastern gray kangaroo found its way into a soccer stadium around halftime of the Canberra Football Club's match against Belconnen United in the nation's capital, and was hanging out between the stands and the field.

A soccer came in the Australian capital was stopped for almost 20 minutes when a kangaroo hopped onto the field.

The players were initially amused by the bouncing pitch invader, playing with it and passing the ball at it, but it soon turned into more of a frustration as the kanga sent them hopping mad by refusing to leave.

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Amber Harvey, a Capital FC official, termed the incident a "real menace".

Their presence in the finals should be seen as no small victory in itself, considering how hard it is for people in the country to play a game of football without being disturbed by rogue kangaroos, if a clip doing the rounds on YouTube is anything to go by. I think it was just over six feet, so they backed off pretty quickly.

It was then shepherded out of the stadium safely by the Belconnen coach in his vehicle.

Although the match was played in the exclusive inner suburb of Deakin, kangaroos can be found nearly anywhere in Canberra, the national capital.

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