Manchester United fan admits attack on two Newcastle stewards, one of them female
A Manchester United fan has been banned from football matches for three years after admitting attacking two stewards on 2 January 2019 at St James Park.
The 57 year old Manchester United fan elbowed and spat on a male steward.
Then he attacked a female steward, though she responded by kneeing him in the groin, before he was arrested by Northumbria Police officers.
Keith Conway appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates earlier today (Tuesday 5 February) and as well as a three year banning order, was ordered to pay £321 for a combination of court costs, compensation, fines and a victim surcharge.
Claire Irving prosecuting:
“The defendant was drinking and became involved in an argument with a steward who told him to leave the ground.
“As he was being escorted out, his conduct change and Conway spat in his face before elbowing him.
“Another steward went to assist and she was grabbed by the throat by the defendant.
“She kneed him in the groin to get him off.”
Jack Lovell defending/mitigating:
“He states he tried to beat queues at half-time and was walking down the stairs and knocked into a steward.
“As a result, the steward formed the opinion he had had too much too drink and asked him to leave, at that time he was fully compliant.
“The stewards restrained Mr Conway and he was asking why can’t I stay?
“He accepts that he swung his arm and caught the steward with his elbow and accepts he would have been shouting and screaming.
“He is completely disgusted by his behaviour and this is certainly out of character for him.
“He has been an avid football watcher for 40 years and the ban has had a significant effect on him.
“He accepts his behaviour was completely unacceptable and wishes to apologise for his actions.”
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