Sky Sports pundit and former footballer Chris Kamara proved he is still quick on his feet after catching a suspected robber in Brazil.
Kamara, 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!!! I just caught this street robber. Done in now though.”
In one photo,Kamara is seen standing on the street with the alleged robber behind him in handcuffs.
Kamara, who played in defence and midfield for 10 clubs, describes him as “my prize catch”.
In another, he is pictured speaking to a police officer with the caption: “Giving my statement now, ‘well I ran after him & caught him’.”
Kamara had to go to the police station to make a written statement, and appears to have been told off by police for chasing the man.
“Police & British Consulate in Brazil have politely told me off, a lot of these guys are armed! So don’t chase again,” he wrote.
Kamara also posted a link to the Foreign Office’s tips for football fans travelling to Brazil.
It warns: “Be ready to hand over valuables if you’re threatened; don’t attempt to resist attackers, they may be armed or under the influence of drugs.”
It also adds: “Be aware of pick-pockets and never leave your bag or belongings unattended while in public places or on public transport.
“Thieves operate inside airports, restaurants and hotels as well as outdoors – they are good at spotting tourists and know they will have valuables.”
Later, Kamara revealed no charges were brought against the man after a necklace belonging to someone he named as Mike was retrieved by police.
“So all is well that ends well,” he tweeted, along with a picture of him and a smiling Mike.
Speaking to Sky News Online after leaving the police station, Kamara said “instinct took over” when the robber stole 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.
But Kamara admits he should have followed the Foreign Office’s advice and not given chase, given the possibility the thief could have been armed.
“It’s been a brilliant World Cup, the people have been fantastic,” he said.
“We’ve seen no other incidents – that’s probably why I didn’t think about the consequences.”