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16th Dec 2016

Man City new boy Gabriel Jesus hacked down from behind… by a challenge from a pitch-invader

Worthy of a red

Simon Lloyd

Fortunately for Manchester City’s incoming Brazilian star Gabriel Jesus, Pep Guardiola’s point blank refusal to coach tackling means he won’t be coming up against this sort of thing in training when he lands in England…

Fresh from playing his part in Palmeiras’ first league title success in 22 years, the 19-year-old was participating in a charity match between Amigos do Jackson and Amigos do Valdiva in his homeland earlier this week.

Receiving the ball on the left wing, City’s £27m-signing is seen advancing towards his opponents’ penalty area in the video below. Unbeknown to him, Jesus is being pursued by a pitch-invader.

Still blissfully unaware as he approaches the edge of the box, the Golden Ball winner is brought crashing down to the ground as the pitch-invader lunges in at him from behind.

After spending a few seconds on the deck, Jesus returns to his feet as his teammates confront the man.

Have a watch (we particularly enjoy how the spectators on the front row hardly even react to the incident).

Jesus will make the move to the Etihad in January, where it’s expected he will feature almost immediately in Guardiola’s first team plans.

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