Tyne & Wear

Games ban after tirade at Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley
Image caption Mike Ashley took control of Newcastle United in 2007

A Tyneside man has been banned from football matches for three years after launching a tirade of abuse at Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.

David Johnston, 42, from Gateshead, came face-to-face with Mr Ashley at an away game at Barnsley last year.

He was convicted of common assault and given a three-year football banning order by Gateshead magistrates.

It prevents him from entering Newcastle city centre on match days and attending any English football game.

The court heard Johnson had a history of football violence going back eight years.

These involved incidents at three derby matches with Sunderland, as well as away fixtures in Dundee and Rotterdam.

Mr Ashley, who has twice tried and failed to sell United, has been the focus of anger from some fans over the way he has run the club since staging his takeover in 2007.

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