WATCH: Plot thickens as to who was behind ‘publicity stunt’ at Phoenix game

Speculation continues about who was behind the pitch invasion at Auckland’s Eden Park during which a yet-to-be-released Auckland FC replica shirt was displayed.

A man ran onto the pitch during the Wellington Phoenix men’s A-League game against Sydney, wearing the blue and black colours of the new expansion club.

Auckland FC chief executive Nick Becker denied any knowledge of the incident.

However Newshub’s Sunday report said Becker said he could not speak on behalf of club investors, former All Black Ali Williams and toy tycoon Anna Mowbray.

Newshub reported they had spoken to a source who claimed it was a publicity stunt on behalf of club owners, but the source later changed their story.

Auckland FC supporter group Terrazza d’Azzurro wrote on their X account: “One of the Auckland FC owners offered us some shirts if we crashed the Nix’s party.”

Eden Park chief executive Nick Sautner told Newshub the pitch invader had copped a two-year ban from the national stadium.

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Game played on Saturday March 16, 2024

Wellington Phoenix 2 (own goal 54′, Kosta Barbarouses 69′)
Sydney 1 (Róbert Mak 6′)

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