Pitch invader pleads guilty

Last updated : 11 January 2006 By Michael Morris
French admitted his crime saying he had to plead guilty

'There were 36,000 witnesses.'

The former Royal Engineer jumped out of an Arsenal section and ran onto the pitch and headed towards Almunia who was defending the Clock End.

He 'Ayatollah'd' on his way towards the Arsenal keeper before being taken away by stewards and police.

French now faces a three year ban from all football grounds and possibly a jail sentence.

Speaking outside Highbury Magistrate's court he said

'No-one stopped me getting on the pitch.

'I just ran on to celebrate. I don't know what I was doing.'