Jaume Marquet Cot, the Spanish genius who tried to put a hat on the World Cup trophy, has had his day in one of the 56 special World Cup courts that South Africa’s Justice Department set up around the country to deal with World Cup related crime.
Cot’s attempt at being an idiot cost him the once in a lifetime chance of seeing Spain win its first World Cup. But you’ve got to assume that he thought that part through before deciding to do a poor man’s streak across the field, especially considering that Cot, also known as Jimmy Jump, is a serial pitch invader, and to be fair, a damn entertaining one.
Cot’s official crime: Trespassing and attempted theft. The sentence: 2,000 South African rand (ZAR), or approximately 266 USD. Mind you, that’s attempted theft of the FIFA World Cup Trophy, the literal World Cup, which is presumably valued at more than 2,000 ZAR.
But that’s just the beginning of this story. (more…)