Newcastle United give official response after fans arrested on Saturday at Bournemouth
Newcastle United have now reacted to the events of Saturday.
The football club releasing an official statement (see below) following a number of arrests at the Bournemouth match.
Fans spilled onto the side of the match after Matt Ritchie ran towards them after scoring the last second equaliser, the goalscorer mobbed by teammates only a few yards from the away section.
As I have written previously, there clearly looked to be no malice in anybody’s actions.
The poor layout of the stadium making it very difficult for fans to avoid ending up at the side of the pitch, when there is a surge of supporters and only a flimsy advertising hoarding in between the away section and ending up next to the pitch.
Since the arrests and footage circulated on social media, many fans of other clubs have pointed out similar issues when they have visited the badly designed Bournemouth stadium and placement of away supporters.
It will be incredibly unfair if the courts and/or Newcastle United make an example of these NUFC fans, simply because it quickly follows on from that Birmingham idiot attacking Jack Grealish.
Celebrating a goal at the side of a pitch and attacking an opposition player in the middle of the pitch are very different things.
Newcastle United official statement as reported by the Chronicle:
“We are aware that seven supporters were initially arrested for allegedly encroaching on to the perimeter of the pitch during the closing stages of Saturday’s match at the Vitality Stadium.
“We are liaising with both the police and a number of supporters as investigations continue and we are monitoring their observations pending any criminal proceedings.
“If any individuals are found guilty of committing criminal acts, we will review their individual case before determining if any further club-related punishment is appropriate.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the vast majority of Newcastle United fans for their support and their exemplary behaviour while following the team both home and away.”
An official Dorset Police statement released earlier today (Monday 18 March 2019):
Dorset Police Official Statement – Monday 18 March 2019:
‘Five Newcastle United fans are due to appear in court charged in connection with a reported pitch encroachment at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday 16 March 2019 during AFC Bournemouth’s home game against Newcastle.
It is alleged one female steward sustained an injury to her nose during the reported incident. Enquiries are underway to ascertain whether an assault took place.
Six men and a 14-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of going onto the playing area at a football match from the away supporters stand. Five of the men were also arrested on suspicion of assault.
An 18-year-old man from Newcastle, 29-year-old man from Berwick-upon-Tweed, 31-year-old man from Alnwick, Northumberland, and a 40-year-old man from Newcastle have been charged with going onto the playing area at a football match and are due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 2 April 2019. They have been released under investigation in relation to the assault charge.
A 24-year-old man from Andover in Hampshire has been charged with going onto the playing area at a football match and is due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 2 April 2019.
A 14-year-old boy from Bournemouth who was arrested on suspicion of going onto the playing area at a football match has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
An 18-year-old man from Durham who was arrested on suspicion of going onto the playing area at a football match and assault was released without charge.’
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