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Leeds bans pitch-invasion pensioner

Published 23/06/2011 | 16:09

Leeds United has banned a 63-year-old woman after a pitch invasion at the club's last home match of the previous season
Leeds United has banned a 63-year-old woman after a pitch invasion at the club's last home match of the previous season

A Championship football club has defended its decision to ban a great-grandmother for a year for running on to the pitch.

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Margaret Musgrove, 63, was given an automatic ban by Leeds United after she went on to the grass at Elland Road during the last game of the season in May.

Mrs Musgrove - who says she has 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren - was caught by TV cameras walking across the penalty area with her arms in the air at the end of the match against Burnley.

She was grabbed by stewards and taken to holding cells but was not charged with any offence.

She told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "It's not like I am a hooligan. People who do much worse than this get the same ban."

Mrs Musgrove said she just got carried away, adding: "I just wanted to shout, 'Lads, I love you'."

Now a Facebook group has been set up to campaign for the ban to be lifted. It is called Give Mags Musgrove Her Season Ticket Back Mr Bates.

But the club pointed out that fans had been repeatedly warned during the match to stay off the pitch.

A spokesman said: "Mrs Musgrove encroached the grassed playing area despite repeated pleas throughout the game for people not to do so and it's club policy to suspend people who do this.

"In excess of 30,000 fans abided by the message to please to keep off the pitch. For a club suspension she is entitled to appeal, which she has done."

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