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Korean Baseball Fan Jumps Fence, Tackles Umpire

(via @myKBO/Twitter) (via @myKBO/Twitter)

A Korean baseball fan jumped the fence and attacked an umpire on Wednesday during a game between the Kia Tigers and the visiting SK Wyverns, while sitting in a new seating section called "The Surprise Zone."

The Surprise Zones are located on the first and third base lines and are at ground level to offer fans an on-field experience. Unfortunately, the Tigers decided that security guards would block fans views from the area and so there are none present.

The fan was quickly corralled by a security guard and a first base coach after attempting to wrestle the ump to the ground, and has since been arrested and banned from the stadium. The umpire decided not to press charges, so the fan was left with a fine that only amounts to $48 U.S.

The KBO has been awash in umpire controversy this season, with several blown calls in the Wyverns-Tigers games this week already, including an umpire allegedly being pulled mid-game the previous day after blowing a call at second base, although the league claims the official fell ill with food poisoning.

[Reuters]
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