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Watch the Barnsley fans – Sums up how disgraceful when Newcastle fans arrested at Bournemouth

3 months ago
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Barnsley fans had a big match on Saturday.

Hoping to get instant promotion back to the Championship, the South Yorkshire club travelled to Walsall.

A decent following of Barnsley fans were at the game, as they hope to hang on to the second automatic promotion spot.

Second best against Walsall all game, into injury time and it looked as though they would be indebted to their defence for a point thanks to a seventh clean sheet in a row.

However, the 92nd minute saw Barnsley create a rare chance and their supporters experienced that special feeling of a late goal after spending time and money following their team.

Goalscorer Jacob Brown ran to the nearby Barnsley fans who mobbed the player, spilling out of the away section and onto the edge of the pitch, some crossing the white line (watch below). Even the Barnsley manager charged onto the pitch from his dugout.

The Barnsley fans then returned to the away section and their players saw out the remaining seconds of the match. Team and supporters heading home happy.

Quite amazing really when you compare and contrast to seven days ago at the Vitality Stadium…

Newcastle fans arrested for doing exactly the same as the Barnsley fans yesterday.

What’s the difference?

From what I saw of both matches, absolutely none. Being arrested or not, simply a lottery of which match/stadium you happen to be at.

I wrote about this last week, including the piece below.

The online fundraising is now (1pm on Sunday 24 March) around a third of the way there in raising cash towards helping with the travel and basic legal costs for those Newcastle fans arrested.

I’m really disappointed at the holier than thou attitude of a number of Newcastle supporters, who have little/zero sympathy for those arrested at Bournemouth.

Yes, by the letter of the law nobody should go on the pitch etc etc BUT nobody should break the speed limit either and we all do it, something far more likely to cause serious injury than somebody celebrating a last minute goal at the side of the pitch.

There was no malice there last weekend and do any of you honestly think that those Newcastle fans deserve to be made an example of? Just because our team play in the Premier League where everything’s under more scrutiny and due to that Jack Grealish incident happening a week before.

I suppose some of you will also want dozens of Barnsley fans arrested as well and charged after yesterday???

The truth is, that neither Newcastle nor Barnsley supporters should have been arrested for ending up on the very edge of the pitch.

There is little enough atmosphere at English football grounds these days and to punish supporters for celebrating a goal is another step towards making things even worse.

Here is the video footage of the goal and Barnsley fans celebrating (The fundraising link for the arrested Newcastle fans is below in my previous article).

The Mag – 19 March 2019:

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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