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Newcastle fan arrested for celebrating equaliser with Aleksandar Mitrovic

5 years ago

The Newcastle fan who celebrated with Aleksandar Mitrovic after he scored the goal that levelled the derby, has been arrested and charged by police.

John West, aged 35, was arrested for encroaching onto a football pitch in the aftermath of the 83rd minute goal.

Ironically, the United fan in question put in arguably the hardest challenge Mitrovic faced all day as he slipped when charging towards the Serbian striker.

John West has been charged and then also handed an interim football banning order, which will be in place until his first appearance at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on 6 April 2016, four days after United’s next match at Norwich.

Whilst the arrest may have been as predictable as Aleksandar Mitrovic picking up a booking for his shirtless celebration, it is all a bit sad when punishment is handed out when there is obviously no malice intended.

This is especially so when so many times at the Stadium of Light over the years, Newcastle fans have seen dozens of home supporters at a time often on the pitch, only to be ushered back to their seats.

Police revealed a total of 20 arrests were made due to incidents surrounding Sunday’s match – for a range of offences including drunk and disorderly, breach of the peace, throwing missiles, being drunk in a football ground, assault, obstructing police and other public order offences.

However, only four of those arrests actually happened inside St James Park.

Northumbria Police obviouslt looked upon te day as a releative success, with chief superintendent Steve Neill saying:

“I want to praise football fans who attended the Tyne and Wear derby and behaved impeccably at what was a very tense occasion.

“We understand how important this fixture is to the people of this region and we recognised our policing plan needed to reflect that.

“But both sets of fans showed that they can enjoy the passion of this game without the poison that has blighted some of the past meetings between our two clubs.”


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