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Man charged by police for tying himself to post during Everton-Newcastle game

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A man has been charged by police after Everton’s win against Newcastle on Thursday was disrupted when a protester tied himself to one of the goal posts.

A man wearing a T-shirt supporting a group called Just Stop Oil walked onto the pitch at Goodison Park early in the second half and secured himself to a post by wrapping something around his neck.

The match had to be broken while security forces attempted to remove him and he was eventually freed with bolt cutters before being led off the ground by police.

A statement from Merseyside Police on Friday said: “A man from Weymouth has been charged following reports that a man ran onto the pitch at the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison last night.

“Around 8.55pm it was reported that a man disrupted play by running onto the pitch and tying himself to the goal post at Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.

“Louis McKechnie, 21, of Claremount Road, Weymouth, has been charged with disrupting the pitch and aggravated trespassing and is due to appear at the Liverpool Community Justice Court on Tuesday 19 April 2022.

“He has been released on bail and is banned from attending a venue used for a regulated football match in England and Wales, any sports venue used for a television event in England and Wales and any venue used for a television event in England and Wales be used .”

Just Stop Oil claimed responsibility for the stunt on Thursday and issued a statement via Facebook, which read: “Tonight Louis, a 21-year-old supporter of Just Stop Oil, hit the goalpost at Goodison Park with a Just Stop Oil the T-shirt, causing the referee to briefly stop the game.”

In addition, a second man, aged 39, has been arrested on suspicion of assault and interfering with the pitch, Merseyside Police confirmed on Thursday.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/weymouth-newcastle-everton-goodison-park-merseyside-police-b2039304.html Man charged by police for tying himself to post during Everton-Newcastle game

Andrew Schnitker

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