Friday 24 February 2017

Newcastle fan who invaded pitch after Aleksandar Mitrovic goal given banning order

Damian Spellman

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United collides with a fan as he celebrates scoring their first and equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park
Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United collides with a fan as he celebrates scoring their first and equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park

A Newcastle fan who ran on to the St James' Park pitch to celebrate with Aleksandar Mitrovic during Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby has been given an interim football banning order.

John West, 35, of Bradford Crescent, Gilesgate, has been charged with going into the playing area of a designated football match during the Magpies' 1-1 draw with Sunderland, Northumbria Police have said.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police added: "Mr West was handed an interim football banning order until his first appearance at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on April 6."

The charge surrounds an incident in the immediate aftermath of Mitrovic's 83rd-minute equaliser.

Police made 20 arrests, four of them inside the stadium, in connection with the game which otherwise passed off largely without incident off the pitch.

Press Association

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