Oak Flats man's pitch invasion costs him $5k

A drunken bet made between friends at the footy proved costly for an Oak Flats man on Thursday when he was slapped with a $5000 fine for running onto the field at Sydney's Allianz Stadium.

Justin Maccoll, 21, had consumed alcohol before the Anzac Day game between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Sydney Roosters, held at Allianz Stadium at Moore Park.

Wollongong Local Court heard Maccoll and a mate made a bet for him to run onto the field after the game had finished, around 6pm.

Police documents presented to the court said Maccoll stripped off his shirt and his pants and climbed over the fence onto the playing field near bay 37, and ran towards the middle of the field.

The Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons enter Allianz Stadium on Anzac Day. Picture: ANTHONY JOHNSON

The Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons enter Allianz Stadium on Anzac Day. Picture: ANTHONY JOHNSON

He was quickly apprehended by security personnel, who took him off the field and straight to police.

Maccoll told officers he knew he'd done the wrong thing.

On Thursday he maintained that sentiment, telling presiding magistrate Michael Stoddart his actions were born out of "stupidity".

"I shouldn't have done it, I regretted it the next morning," Maccoll told the court.

"It was stupid."

Magistrate Stoddart agreed, telling Maccoll the fact he was affected by alcohol was no excuse.

The court heard Maccoll had been banned from the stadium and the neighbouring Sydney Cricket Ground for 12 months.

Magistrate Stoddart fined Maccoll $5000.

The maximum fine for the charge is $5500.

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