Andrew Symonds relives 2008 streaker incident after Sam Kerr’s shoulder on pitch invader

Andrew Symonds says he’s pleased to not be the only Aussie athlete remembered for flooring a streaker and wants to thank Sam Kerr in a typically-Australian way.

Andrew Symonds has offered to buy Sam Kerr the first beer now that he has another Australian icon join him in cult figure infamy by flattening a pitch invader with a perfectly executed shoulder charge.

Symonds still gets stopped in the streets and asked about the day he bowled over, quite literally, a pitch invader in 2008 during a cricket game for Australia.

Kerr is now set to enjoy the same lifelong limelight with her stunning bump on a pitch invader who tried to take a selfie with a Juventus player in the Champions League clash with Kerr’s Chelsea on Wednesday creating world wide headlines.

Symonds, who is one of the commentary experts on Fox Cricket, said Kerr should be proud of her ability to flatten the intruder and questioned why she was then penalised with a yellow card.

It’s a discussion he’s keen to have face-to-face with the Matildas captain — and he’ll buy the first beer as they reminisce on their twin moments of glory.

“We’re obviously bred pretty tough here in Australia and don’t take backwards steps,” Symonds said.

“In the heat of competition there’s a lot of adrenaline and when someone interrupts the match like that it can be frustrating.

“Sammy obviously took things into her own hands when security couldn’t catch the bloke, so good for her. She’s an icon and obviously knows how to handle herself. I’d like to buy her a beer and chat about it.

“I still get asked about my bump back in 2008 all the time.

“It’s one of those ones that keeps coming up and people love to talk about. It’s something I’m known for now, people say — ‘that’s the fella who knocked over the streaker.’

Sam Kerr takes out a pitch invader.
Sam Kerr takes out a pitch invader.
Andrew Symonds sends a streaker flying with a shoulder barge.
Andrew Symonds sends a streaker flying with a shoulder barge.

“Pitch invaders might think streaking across the field is funny but ultimately it’s just a lack of respect for the athletes.

“Not sure how she copped a yellow card for the bump. I’d like to see what rule she broke to be honest.

“My advice to her is just keep being herself. She seems passionate and is admired widely. If she wasn’t a cult figure already, she certainly will be now. Good for her.”

While the overeager fan copped the shame of getting sat on his backside in front of the entire world, it was worse for Kerr who was given a yellow card by the referee for knocking him over.

Video from inside the ground shows the Australian captain Kerr went after the invader who was strutting around the ground.

It was that action that drew cheers from the crowd but incensed the referee who then booked Kerr as the embarrassed fan got to his feet and charged off he ground, finally being chased by security guards.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said: “I don’t know why he didn’t wait to the end, he could have got a picture then.

“In all seriousness, we’ve got to think about player welfare and safety.”

Kerr herself had a goal ruled out for off-side shortly before the hour mark in the scoreless draw before her more dramatic moment came in the shadows of full-time and she laid out the pitch invader who was left sprawling on the ground.

Kerr was fronting up for Chelsea in a UEFA Women’s Champions League group A match at Kingsmeadow just days after scoring twice in the club’s FA Cup final win over Arsenal.

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