Former Socceroo Archie Thompson has been caught on camera interrupting a small-sided game of grassroots football to make a crunching tackle on one of the young players.

The incident occurred during the first A-League derby between Western United and Melbourne City with Thompson looking to get in on the action off to the side of the pitch.


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In hilarious fashion, Archie mistimes his intervention and two-foot tackles the young player during the middle of the game.

On reflecting on the incident the former Melbourne Victory striker tried to claim his innocence.

Thompson said: "That didn't look like me, that could've been anyone who was in a blue suit, dark skin."

"I saw the ball and I had an eye for it. I apologised, I apologised to mum and dad."

Clearly still having an itch to get back into the action, Thompson certainly gave the young player a moment he will never forget.