Top – Fans’ group concerned as supporters ‘criminalised’ for going on to pitches

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Away followers spilled on to the pitch following Newcastle United’s late equaliser at Bournemouth

Followers celebrating objectives are being become criminals due to a “narrative that each one soccer followers are scum, thugs”, a supporters’ group says.

The Soccer Supporters’ Federation is looking for a “actual world response” to followers occurring to the pitch relatively than “an ethical panic”.

FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks needs stewards to use extra widespread sense.

However a stewards’ affiliation spokesman stated the deterrent of a prison cost for occurring to a pitch was wanted.

Seven males have been arrested after followers spilled on to the pitch following Newcastle United’s late equaliser at Bournemouth on Saturday and 5 males have been charged.

Happening to the taking part in space at a soccer match is an arrestable offence beneath the Soccer (Offences) Act 1991.

Police stated a feminine steward was injured through the encroachment, and 4 of the lads are beneath investigation for allegedly assaulting her.

All 5 suspects are resulting from seem earlier than Poole magistrates on 2 April, charged with occurring to the taking part in space at a soccer match.

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A 14-year-old boy from Bournemouth who was arrested was launched beneath investigation, whereas an 18-year-old Durham man was launched with out cost.

Jacks has spoken