The man who parachuted into the Mapei Stadium during Sassuolo 3-4 Inter has been banned, but claims he did not intend to stage a pitch invasion.
The curious incident occurred on Sunday afternoon, just as Inter were preparing to take a penalty.
Television cameras cut away from the scene, as they try not to give publicity to pitch invaders.
According to news agency Ansa, the 36-year-old had taken off at the nearby Campovolo airport.
He claimed to have made an emergency landing when running into problems, having “not realised that little green square was a stadium.”
The man has been given a Daspo – ban from attending sporting events – for the pitch invasion.
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