Classic excuse given to court by Newcastle fan after match incident
Newcastle fan Reece Smailes has been up in court after an incident that happened towards the end of the Huddersfield match earlier this month.
When Dwight Gayle walked the third Newcastle goal in, the United fan in question jumped over the barrier at the front and was then arrested in the area between pitch and away end.
The 24 year old pleading guilty to a charge under the Football Offences Act 1991 of going onto the playing area during a designated match.
In his defence/mitigation, he said that he’d had no choice but to leap over the barrier…because his recently done Newcastle United tattoo was sore from being pushed against by celebrating fans.
When searched by Police, they also found a bag of cocaine which he said was for personal use.
Magistrates were told that Smailes was previously given a three year Football Banning Order following an incident in 2011 when he punched a West Bromwich Albion fan.
The prosecution were asking for another banning order to be put in place.
Prosecutor Shamaila Qureshi:
“He was seen jumping over the safety barrier onto an area around the playing surface and raising his arms.
“As soon as he got to the area near the pitch he was arrested.”
“He admitted going into the banned area and said that this was to prevent being pushed against the safety barriers.
“The defendant said that he got pushed to the front and was concerned as he’d just had a large tattoo done.
“It was sore and hurt and he jumped over the barrier.”
Rachel Sharpe defending/in mitigation:
“The defendant was being shoved up against the barrier and then jumped over it to prevent discomfort having had a new tattoo.
“He ran towards the pitch but stopped himself before entering the pitch.
“This was in the last minute of the game when Newcastle scored and he was celebrating.
“He didn’t encroach into the pitch as he knows he shouldn’t and was quickly apprehended.”
The Magistrates did not make a Football Banning order but did order the Newcastle fan to pay a total of £484 plus £85 court costs and £32 victim surcharge.
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