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FLASH BANG WALLOP; Streaker's pounds 100 bet lands him on sex offenders list.

Byline: Ross McCarthy

A FOOTBALL fan who streaked across Villa Park for a pounds 100 bet has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for two years. Sam Gorman, 22, ran on to the pitch during a Premier League match with Manchester City in trainers, socks and "nothing else", city magistrates were told.

But the February 12 streak proved costly.

He was placed on the Sex Offenders Register after admitting indecent exposure and going on to the playing area of a football ground.

Gorman, of Nottingdale Close, Droitwich, Worcester, was also sentenced to an 18-month community order and ordered to pay pounds 145 costs.

After the hearing the shamefaced streaker revealed that it was not the first time he had shed his clothes during a sporting event.

Unemployed Gorman said: "I've also done it at a cricket match in Droitwich, when I jumped on the umpire's back.

''I'm actually a Baggies fan and this was the first time I had been to a football match. I went for the day out.

''My mate wanted me to do the streak earlier, but I wanted to see a bit of the game."

His friend Louis Robinson had placed the cheeky bet. He said: "It was the 75th minute and Shay Given was taking a goal kick.

''I bet him pounds 100 to do a streak. He was going to run up to Mario Balotelli and give him some stick but Balotelli was not playing.

''He thought he would still do it anyway. The players looked absolutely disgusted.

''He's not had the pounds 100 but he's had a couple of good nights out on it!

'He was like a celebrity down Broad Street."

Jonathan Purser, prosecuting, said an officer at the match heard a cheer from the Doug Ellis Stand at 5.30pm and saw Gorman running on the pitch from the Holte End.

"You could clearly see his genitals,'' said Mr Purser.

''He was carrying a T-shirt and trousers in his hand."

Mr Purser said when stewards went to intercept him, Gorman changed direction - but he was eventually detained and escorted off the pitch.

Mumtaz Mirza, defending, said "He thought of the money and not of the consequences of his actions.

''He accepts it was a foolish act. It was complete stupidity and he is ashamed.

''He has let his family down."

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Nicked: Sam Gorman is led away after finally being collared following his acrobatic performance on the pitch.
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