‘Spider-Man’ who invaded Sunderland pitch is unmasked + see footage of incident

THE teenager who invaded the Stadium of Light pitch dressed as comic book hero Spider-Man is today unmasked.

Bradley Minto, also known as Bradley Dyer, carried out the prank in the closing stages of Sunderland’s game against Manchester City after he was dared to do it for charity.

'Spider-Man' Bradley Minto.

'Spider-Man' Bradley Minto.

The 18-year-old is the son of popular South Shields bus driver Sharon Dyer, who died from cancer in August 2009, aged just 40.

Bradley, who is due in court later this month over the stunt, said: “I admit that it was me who ran on the pitch.

“I’ve had the costume for a while and I just thought it’d be a laugh to run on.

“Some people said if I did, they’d give me some money to go to St Benedict’s Hospice.

Spidermen invades the Stadium of Light pitch as Sunderland lose 1-4  against Manchester City. Picture by FRANK REID

Spidermen invades the Stadium of Light pitch as Sunderland lose 1-4 against Manchester City. Picture by FRANK REID

“My mam wasn’t treated there, even though she was due to go there before she died.

“But I think it’s the right kind of place to raise money for.

So far, Bradley has gathered in £80 towards the hospice, based in Ryhope, Sunderland, which he says he wants to pass on today.

He added that he waited until Manchester City had the ball before jumping over the advertising hoardings and getting onto the pitch.

After being apprehended by stewards, Bradley was taken to the Stadium of Light custody suite before being formally arrested by police.

“They walked me out the front of the ground and a lot of the fans saw me without the mask on and started shouting “ what a legend”, said Bradley, who has a sister, Gemma Morgan, 28, and a younger brother, Connor, 16.

“I just hope I don’t get sent to prison over it. It’s not as if I hurt anyone and it was all over quickly.”

Gemma said: “Everyone knows Bradley as being the one in the Spider-Man costume because he wears when he goes out.

“Peopled around here have cottoned on that it was him and they aren’t surprised because he’s such a joker.”

Bradley, of Fordfield Road, Sunderland, is set to appear at the city’s Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, December 23, charged with going into a playing area designated for football matches.

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