A man attending a English Premier League The game over the weekend has been charged with assault and he received a lifetime ban from Leeds United after he allegedly pushed Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe near the end of the match, police said.
West Yorkshire Police issued a statement on Sunday confirming that a man who entered the pitch at Elland Road football stadium during the game on saturday and pushed Howe near the sideline has been charged with assault and trespassing.
This follows a statement from Leeds United announcing that the fan had also received a lifetime ban.
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«Leeds United can confirm that following an incident at our Premier League match against Newcastle United today, an arrest was made and a lifetime ban was also issued,» the statement read.
Howe was asked about the incident during a post-match press conference and said he couldn’t remember exactly what happened, but called it «kind of weird».
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«I actually can’t remember if he pushed me or not. I have no idea. It was such a weird thing because you’re concentrating on the game. It’s not something you expect to happen.»
«He confronted me and something I can’t repeat and then they took him away.»
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Howe continued: «Moments like that make you think. The safety of the staff [and] players is paramount to me [in] the Premier League, any match in the football league and we need to be aware. I think safety is very important.»
The man, who has not been identified, will appear in court on July 21.