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Ban for Darlington versus Newcastle pitch invader

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

A teenager has been banned from matches after running on to the pitch during a pre-season friendly game in Darlington.

The youth invaded the pitch, along with dozens of others, when Newcastle went 2-0 up against Darlington on 15 July.

Appearing before Darlington Youth Court he admitted entering a playing field during a football match.

He was banned from matches for three years and fined £85. Two men were given banning orders last month for invading the pitch at the same match.

Durham Police said more than 9,700 fans were at the game.

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