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Newcastle fans arrested at Bournemouth have been in court today and received their punishment

8 months ago
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The Newcastle fans who were arrested at Bournemouth have been in court today (Tuesday 2 April).

Matt Ritchie scoring that last minute equaliser and running towards the Newcastle fans who were in the part of the stadium nearest where he unleashed the half volley.

As the players celebrated in front of them, a number of Newcastle fans ended up at the side/edge of the pitch.

With a number of them arrested for allegedly encroaching onto the playing surface.

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) who were assisting the arrested fans with guidance, as well as fundraising towards travel costs and basic legal costs (see link below – contributions still accepted if you would like to help), have revealed the punishment for the supporters involved.

The Newcastle fans had to travel back down to Bournemouth for a court appearance on Tuesday and NUST have revealed that they have been fined.

However, some common sense has prevailed with the court not also hitting them with football banning orders.

Even those people who would think they deserved some kind of punishment, would surely agree that any transgression was purely down to high spirits due to a last minute goal, rather than any malice intended.

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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