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Newcastle remove St. James’ Park lettering, man arrest for painting it back on

Brooks Peck
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"St. James' Park is dead. Long live St. James' Park." (@jonathanrands)

On Thursday, Newcastle took a crowbar to the St. James' Park lettering outside their stadium to make way for the Sports Direct Arena moniker they gave it back in November (free of charge!). A name change made to try and attract a corporate sponsor who isn't club owner Mike Ashley and will actually pay for the privilege.

Outraged by this desecration of the home to Newcastle United since 1892, it only took one fan a few hours to spray-paint the "St James" back on the wall. He was then promptly arrested.

From the Guardian:

Overnight the old name was daubed in white paint close to where the lettering had been removed. More workmen were seen this morning removing the paint.

A Northumbria police spokesman said: "At 1.57am today a man was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage after a wall was vandalised at the Newcastle United ground. Michael Atkinson, 29, of Hareydene, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, has been charged with criminal damage and is due to appear before Newcastle magistrates on 7 March."

Though his attempt to rectify the situation has already been erased, Michael Atkinson probably won't have to pay for his own beers for a while.

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