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Ban for Darlington versus Newcastle pitch invaders

pitch invasion at Darlington v Newcastle match
Image caption The pitch invasions happened in the second half

Two men have been given football bans after running on to the pitch during a pre-season friendly game in Darlington.

Anthony Logan and Kane Hutchinson invaded the pitch when Newcastle went 2-0 up against Darlington on 15 July.

Appearing before Darlington magistrates, they admitted entering a playing field during a football match.

Logan, 21, of Campbell Place, Newcastle, and Hutchinson, 22, of Fieldhouse Road, Gateshead, were given three-year banning orders.

They were also each fined £100.

A 17-year-old charged with the same offence will appear before Darlington Youth Court on 5 August.

Durham Police had said that more than 9,700 fans were at the match, more than had been expected.

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