Champions League pitch invader reveals why move was 'smartest of her career'

By Mirror: Sunday, June 9th 2019 at 09:12 GMT +3 | Football
A shocked Andy Robertson looks on as Wolanski invades the pitch [Courtesy]

The streaker who interrupted the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool said it went so well she's planning an early retirement.

Kinsey Wolanski, 22, sprinted across the Wanda Metropolitano pitch after around 20 minutes of the game in a black swimsuit which promoted her boyfriend's website during the match.

Although she was arrested and thrown in a Spanish jail cell for five hours she said it was worth it, with experts predicting the prank could have been worth up to £3.8m in publicity.

In an interview with the Sun Kinsey said: “By the time I’m 30 I plan on making enough money to retire, and streaking at the Champions League will only help me achieve that.

“I plan to do a lot more streaking to raise my profile.

"The response has been unbelievable; I couldn’t be happier. It was the biggest thrill of my life.”

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Kinsey was surrounded by Liverpool fans before she took to the pitch, and admitted her intentions to them shortly before she took the plunge.

She said they didn't take her seriously at first, but then encouraged her when they realised she was actually going to go through with it.

She even gave her phone to one supporter so they could record it, and they then met after she got out of jail- where she was detained along with ten other suspected criminals.

As a direct result of Kinsey's intrusion her Instagram followers went up from around 300,000 before the event to over two million afterwards.

Her boyfriend is Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, a Russian-American YouTuber, and he has also reaped the rewards of the stunt.

There are reports that more than 32 million people have now registered to his website, with £3m gained in advertising as a result.

He himself has been involved in similar acts, and he invaded the pitch in the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.

He also ran on the basketball court during an NBA final in 2016 and engaged in a prank in which he pretended to rob an ATM machine in 2014.

Kinsey also claimed that some players sent her messages after the game, saying that two members of the Liverpool team got in contact via Instagram following their 2-0 win.

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