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Fundraising campaign kicks off to help Newcastle United fans arrested at Bournemouth

1 year ago
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A fundraising campaign has kicked off to help the Newcastle United fans that were arrested on Saturday at Bournemouth.

Matt Ritchie scoring a late equaliser and as the players celebrated in front of them, a number of Newcastle supporters ended up on the perimeter of the pitch.

The poor design of the stadium and bad choice of where to house the away fans, making this situation likely to happen.

Since Saturday, many fans of other clubs have said the same has happened (away fans spilling onto the edge of the pitch) previously.

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) have launched an online fundraising bid to help with ‘basic legal and travel costs’ for the Newcastle United fans who were arrested.

Here is some more info from the fundraising page:

Legal Fees for Mags arrested at Bournemouth

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust are raising money to contribute towards the basic legal and travel costs of the Newcastle United supporters who were arrested on on Saturday 17.03.19 after fans spilled onto the pitch following a late equaliser for Newcastle United at Bournemouth.

We feel these fans are guilty of nothing but celebrating a goal in the 94th minute of a game. It is important to distance genuine crowd trouble and people seeking to enter the field of play to disrupt a game or attack players, and jubilant celebrations before a 350 mile home trip.

Having spoken to most of the families of the arrested fans – there was no intention to commit a criminal act. No players were harmed. No home supporters taunted.

Fans surged forwards at one of the smallest grounds ever to host Premier League football and for a matter of seconds were on the pitch.

We would like to support these fans who are facing banning orders and potential criminal records by raising contributions for their basic legal fees and basic travel costs as the hearings will take place in Dorset.

If any of the families or individuals feel unable to accept the fees or their charges are dropped before they have to travel or pay for legal expenses, then this money will be donated to charity and the charity of choice paid with a proof of public payment.

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Newcastle United Supporters Trust

If you would like to read more and/or contribute to the fundraising, go HERE

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