Football fan admits assaulting Newcastle goalkeeper during game

A football fan has pleaded guilty to assaulting Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka during a League Cup quarter-final against Chelsea.

Jordan Chidley admitted assault by beating and unlawfully going onto a playing area at a football match.

The 25-year-old invaded the pitch at Stamford Bridge on December 19 last year after Chelsea scored an equaliser in the Carabao Cup game.

District judge Neeta Minhas issued a three-year, football banning order and fined him £807 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

“The steward tries to grab him, he then puts his arms out and grabs and touches the goalie who pulls away from him,” Mr Pakenham said.

The prosecutor told the court the contact was “quite minimal”.

Chidley was later arrested and told police he was the person on the pitch, saying his behaviour was “due to overexuberant celebrations” and the fact that Chelsea had scored in the final minutes of the match.

The court heard there is no statement from Mr Dubravka who “appears not to be too alarmed”.

It was said that Chidley is “not a football hooligan” and this was a “one-off incident”.

The judge made reference to the “extremely positive” character references given for Chidley.

But she told him: “When I’m sentencing you I’m thinking not only about the offence that was committed, but also … I want to send out a message to deter other people from doing something similar.”

Wearing a black suit, Chidley nodded in the dock as he listened to the judge.

He was fined £807, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £323 and costs of £85 – totalling £1,215.

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “It’s a thing that can put in danger the players.

“It’s always disappointing with this type of thing because it’s dangerous.”

Chelsea won the match on penalties after the game finished 1-1.

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