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West Ham joint-chairman David Gold slams judge for comparing Upton Park pitch invader Jordan Dunn from Dover to David Beckham

By KentOnline reporter

West Ham's joint-chairman has today slammed a judge who compared a Kent pitch invader to David Beckham.

Boozy fan Jordan Dunn, from Dover, swerved a match ban yesterday when he appeared in court for taking a free-kick during a Premier League match.

The 22-year-old appeared before a district judge at Thames Magistrates' Court in Bow, east London, yesterday to be told he had "bent it like Beckham".

David Gold, the joint-chairman of West Ham Football Club

District Judge Gareth Branston described how Dunn sprinted across the pitch before kicking for goal.

But he added: "Regrettably it was about 30mph slower than Beckham."

Now West Ham FC joint-chairman David Gold has criticised the comments.

Pitch invader Jordan Dunn takes a free-kick during a West Ham game

He posted on Twitter this morning: "'You bent it like Beckham': Judge PRAISES drunk pitch invader who took free kick. What kind of message does this send out??"

Dunn pleaded guilty to invading the pitch during the West Ham-Tottenham Hotspur derby at Upton Park.

West Ham fan Jordan Dunn invaded the pitch at Upton Park

He was given fines totalling £305, but avoided a match ban.

Speaking before the case, Dunn admitted knocking back eight beers before deciding to dash 80 yards across the turf to take the strike.

West Ham joint-chairman David Gold criticised the judge on Twitter

The Hammers fan - who works on reception at the Premier Inn on Dover seafront - hit the target and was then bundled to the floor by stewards and arrested.

But he said he had no regrets about pulling the stunt.

"I know it was a mistake, but it was definitely worth it," he said. "My phone hasn't stopped going off and even Gary Lineker tweeted about it. My mates think I'm a legend."

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