TV football commentator catches street thief in Rio

Sky Sports pundit and former footballer Chris Kamara proved he is still quick on his feet after catching a thief in Brazil. Kamara (pictured above with the man behind him in handcuffs) — who is a cult figure for his punditry and commentary on Soccer Saturday every week — posted a series of pictures and messages about the incident on his Twitter account. In the first, the 56-year-old, who is in the country for the World Cup, wrote: “Not lost me pace!!!”

Giving my statement now, ‘well I ran after him and caught him’.

Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara

The Former Leeds United star describes him as “my prize catch”. Later, Kamara revealed no charges were brought against the man after a necklace was retrieved by police. “So all is well that ends well,” he tweeted. Kamara said “instinct took over” when the man took the necklace belonging to Mike, his brother-in-law. The pair were on their way to a kids’ coaching session when the thief struck. After a brief chase they managed to restrain the man with the help of passers-by and held him on the ground for a couple of minutes before the police arrived.

Police and British Consulate in Brazil have politely told me off, a lot of these guys are armed! So don’t chase again.

Chris Kamara