A joint warning has been issued by Newcastle United and Northumbria Police ahead of this afternoon’s match against Bristol City.
They say that the behaviour of a number of younger Newcastle United supporters, directed at the away supporters leaving the stadium at the end of recent matches, has overstepped the mark.
The Newcastle supporters are have gathered around the away exits and taunted and abused the away supporters leaving the ground and the police say they will not tolerate similar scenes at future games so as to prevent any behaviour which could lead to wider disorder.
Northumbria Police say that they are drafting in extra officers to deal with the problem and that they will be videoing those responsible.
They are also promising/threatening that even if supporters aren’t convicted of any offence, they could still be banned by the club from St James Park.
Steve Storey – Head of security at Newcastle United:
“Not only does it serve to antagonise and anger visiting supporters, it also reflects badly on the excellent reputation of the vast majority of Newcastle United supporters and on the club, which prides itself on welcoming visiting supporters to our stadium.
“The club are committed to stopping this antisocial behaviour and will work closely with the Police to identify those responsible and take action against them.”
Geoff Logan – Northumbria Police:
“We understand interaction between both sets of supporters is a big part of football but too often people have crossed the line and acted in a way that will incite disorder and violence.
“We condemn that type of behaviour and we will have extra officers on duty at Saturday’s game to ensure swift action can be taken against anyone who is deemed to be acting inappropriately.
“Newcastle United do not need a criminal prosecution to ban anyone from attending the stadium and we will support the club to ensure St James Park is a safe place to enjoy the football.
“Those involved in disorder may find comfort and safety in a crowd but our message is clear – we will identify you, we will find you and we will take action.”