Police in Yorkshire, northern England, said Sunday they had charged a man with assault who entered the pitch of Saturday's Premier League match between Leeds and Newcastle to insult Magpies manager Eddie Howe. The man was also banned for life from Leeds Stadium by the club.
"Police have charged a man with assault and trespassing on the pitch following an incident at the Elland Road football stadium," police said in a statement. The man was released on bail and will appear before magistrates on 21 July. »
A fan attacks Eddie Howe in the middle of a match! 😱
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After the match, which ended 2-2, Eddie Howe called for no relaxation of security in the stadiums. "He came to me and said something I can't repeat to you, before he was escorted off the pitch," the coach said after the game.
"I don't know if I really had time to be scared because it was over very quickly, but it makes you think, 'what if...' and I think it's those kinds of moments that should make us look and think about how to improve safety for staff and players," Howe added.
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