Seven fans in the away end didn’t get home after Saturday. That night they were arrested for entering the field of play after the equaliser.
Fans shouldn’t enter the field of play. The law against entering the field of play is there rightly to protect players and officials. We’ve seen incidents in recent weeks in Birmingham and Edinburgh of those laws being broken and the people involved rightly facing prosecution. What happened on Saturday with fans of Newcastle United isn’t that.
We are launching a campaign to support those fans.
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.
Please donate if you can:
Newcastle United Supporters Trust