An opportunistic football fan managed to watch the Premier League clash between Fulham and Leeds on Friday evening by using a secret route to sneak into the outer grounds of Craven Cottage.
Scott Parker’s side went into the game knowing a win would see them climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since November, but were outclassed by Marcelo Bielsa’s inspired visitors.
Although the thousands that would have usually descended on the historic west London ground were forced to watch at home due to the current restrictions – one unnamed individual had other ideas.
In a clip uploaded to TikTok by user @athlete.rss, a person can be seen traveling from a train station, onto a bus, and finally into the outer grounds of Craven Cottage via the nearby Putney Bridge.
An initial shot of Craven Cottage from a distance shows the floodlights lit up for the evening fixture, with a subsequent part showing a gap to view the pitch amid the ongoing development to the Riverside Stand.
In the final section of the video, the individual has been able to climb up to a dangerous height to get a view of the Premier League fixture from a part of the development area which is just outside of stadium.
The demolition and redevelopment of the Riverside Stand began in 2019 with capacity set to rise from 25,700 to 29,600 – Fulham are also set to pay an annual fee as part of their deal to extend the river wall into the Thames.
Fulham Football Club are aware of the video in question.
Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, responsible for the construction where the individual gained access from part of the Riverside Development, have also been contacted for comment.
On the pitch, although Fulham managed to level the clash through Joachim Andersen following Patrick Bamford’s opener, Raphinha scored the only goal of the second-half to secure all three points.
Parker said of the performance: “I don't think we deserved anything out of the game today.
“You don't want the game to become a basketball match against Leeds. They put you under pressure to make decision and we struggled in that.
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“Second half, goals change games. We miss a massive chance and then we're picking the ball out of the net. Not too many times I've thought we didn't deserve more from a game.”
With Bielsa saying: “In the first up until they scored we were controlling the game well.
“After they equalised there was a segment of confusion from us. The second half was a half with very few fluctuations in the performance. We defended very well.
“After they needed to come back into the game it was easier for us to attack.”
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