Europa League - Newcastle set to sue streakers after fines

Newcastle United have threatened to sue two streakers who ran onto the pitch during Europa League matches at St James' Park.

Europa League - Newcastle set to sue streakers after fines

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Bordeaux's Ludovic Sanz (R) confronts a streaker during a UEFA Europa League group D, football match against Newcastle United

The club are looking to recoup fines from UEFA that are set to total 17,000 euros (£13,000) from the supporters who ran onto the pitch during matches.

Newcastle were first fined 7,000 euros after 21-year-old named Steven Arkle ran naked on to the pitch during a match against Greek side Atromitos on 30 August.

They are now expected to be fined a further 10,000 euros after a 35-year-old called John Parkinson entering the playing area wearing only an England shirt during their October clash with Bordeaux.

Both men have pleaded guilty to public order offences and will be sentenced in December.

Neither man is a season ticket holder or a member of the club.

"We will be actively seeking compensation through the court for the financial penalty imposed by UEFA," confirmed Newcastle's head of security Steve Storey.

"People who think that selfishly running on the pitch is fun or funny should realise it is not. It's a criminal offence which disrupts the game.

"It offends thousands of people inside the stadium, particularly when they run on naked. It's beamed live throughout Europe and it has brought embarrassment to the club given it's the first time we've been back in Europe for many years.

"We are taking legal advice to consider taking civil action against both men.

"The club are really disappointed that these two, who are not season ticket holders or members of the club, decided to carry out these acts."

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