Robbie Kruse has reportedly already been caught offside in Russia, over three months before the first ball in the World Cup is kicked.
It has been reported that Kruse tried to enter a Russian town called Ozyorsk, which is closed to all foreign citizens and neighbours a large nuclear facility.
It’s yet to be revealed why Kruse was wandering near a small town in the Urals Federal District of Russia at this time of year, but a nearby onlooker was able to provide some insight into how the situation played out.
“I could see him in the distance ready to make a run into the city. He was probably about 20 metres away from the two guards who patrol the area for trespassers.” Said the witness.
“He started to run out to the left but then awkwardly cut to the right. It wasn’t long before the guards had spotted him.” He said.
“He tried to slip in behind the guards but they were well prepared and caught him with the offside trap.”
“Before I knew it, a linesman stepped out with a raised flag.”
Kruse reportedly looked frustrated by how the situation played out.
“He dropped his head and walked away, but then tried the exact same thing two or three more times before he was finally arrested.” The man said.
The consequences for trespassing in a closed city in Russia are quite harsh, however Kruse is set to still be available for the Word Cup in June.