We had reported earlier today that a group of Newcastle fans (200-250 in number unfortunately) interrupted the Wigan Cosmos game against AFC Leigh on Sunday before the Wigan vs Newcastle game, and pulled their trousers down, stole corner flags, ripped the goal nets and some swung from the crossbar – and shamed the name of Newcastle United in the process.
Supposed fans tearing the nets up
We are pleased that Newcastle have now issued a statement and said they will fully reimburse the Wigan Cosmos club, because there had been some rumors they had refused to do that.
This is the statement issued by Newcastle today:
“Newcastle United are very disappointed with the behaviour of a minority of its fans who were involved in the vandalism of equipment belonging to Wigan Cosmos Football Club and pitch incursions during their game against AFC Leigh Centurions on Sunday, 17th March which caused the match to be stopped.”
“Our travelling fans have a very good reputation, but the actions of a minority on this occasion were wholly unacceptable. Football, at all levels of the game, deserves the same degree of respect whether it is played in the Premier League or at the grassroots level.”
“We were sorry to learn that this South Lancashire Counties Premier Division game was disrupted in this manner and we would urge anyone who witnessed this incident to contact Greater Manchester Police.”
“The club will be contacting Wigan Cosmos to arrange to reimburse them for the damage.”
It’s good that there is even a Twitter campaign to collect money to pay for the Wigan Cosmos damage – and even this morning if the club hadn’t reimbursed them, I was thinking of sending them a check myself.
And I’m sure I wasn’t the only Newcastle fan who thought about doing that.
We hope the fans who did this can be identified by the police, and then charged appropriately – so they never do it again – because they have surely brought shame to Newcastle United.
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