Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Football fan admits Arsene Wenger confrontation

An Arsenal fan confronts Arsene Wenger
Image caption Arsene Wenger was in the dugout when the fan confronted him

A football fan has admitted a dugout confrontation with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during the Gunners' 2-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton.

It happened on New Year's Day at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium.

Luke Bryant, 25, Lymington, Hampshire, was charged with going on to an area adjacent to the playing area contrary to the Football (Offences) Act 1991.

He pleaded guilty before Southampton magistrates and could be made the subject of a Football Banning Order.

A hearing is due to be held on 27 February to determine if he will be banned from attending games in future.

Mr Bryant, of Bankhill Drive, was released on conditional bail until then.

The fan was seen running with his arms outstretched in front of the Gunners' boss as he sat in the dugout late on in the game.

Footage showed him being bundled away down the tunnel by two stewards as Wenger held his arm out in apparent frustration at the intruder.

It is believed he is an Arsenal fan but Mr Wenger said at the time he thought the man was a Saints fan.

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