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A disgruntled Newcastle United fan has failed in a bid to get himself banned from St James' Park by invading the pitch.

 

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Kevin Southerton, 26, ran on to the field after Djibril Cisse scored for Sunderland in February's Tyne-Wear derby.

 

He told police who pursued and arrested him: "I hope I get banned. I'm sick of watching this."

 

Although Newcastle magistrates could have imposed a three-year banning order, they opted to fine him £200.

 

Defence solicitor Liz Dunbar said her client had acted impulsively and no longer wanted to be banned.

 

"Clearly, that was something said in the heat of the moment when he was very upset at the performance of Newcastle United," she said.

 

"I don't know very much about football but I understand he isn't alone in that feeling at the moment.

 

"Nevertheless, he has clearly changed his mind about that."

 

Newcastle lost 3-1 at home to Arsenal on Saturday, a result that left them languishing in the relegation zone.

 

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Some more memorable fan protests:

 

June 1994 - A Bulgarian man throws his television out of his window in disgust after the national team are thrashed 3-0 by Nigeria in the opening game of the 1994 World Cup. Bulgaria go on to knock out holders Germany and reach the semi-finals.

 

April 2001 - During a 4-1 defeat away to Arsenal, an Everton supporter runs on to the pitch and offers his shirt to midfielder Alex Nyarko - suggesting the Toffees would be better off if the pair changed places. Nyarko duly slaps in a transfer request.

 

February 2006 - An angry Middlesbrough fan throws his season ticket at manager Steve McClaren during a 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa. Nobody picks up the ticket. Later that year, McClaren is appointed England manager.

 

November 2006 - Fans of Schalke go silent for the first 19 minutes and four seconds (to signify the club's founding in 1904) against Bayern Munich to protest against the team's poor form. Schalke score in the 13th and 18th minutes but the game ends 2-2.

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