Tyne & Wear

Newcastle fan fined for running on pitch during derby

Newcastle fan John West on the St James' Park pit Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Mr West ended up on the ground after running onto the pitch

A Newcastle United fan has been fined after running onto the pitch during a derby with Premier League relegation rivals Sunderland.

John West went onto the pitch to hug Aleksandar Mitrovic after the Newcastle striker scored a late equaliser.

The 35-year-old from Durham pleaded guilty at Newcastle Magistrates' Court to going into a match playing area.

He was fined £240 with £85 costs and will return in May to hear whether he will be given a football banning order.

Image copyright AFP
Image caption Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic had to leapfrog Mr West after he got onto the pitch

An interim banning order is in place, police said.

Mr West was one of 20 people arrested after the 20 March game.

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