Man charged with assault after confrontation with Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe (left) appeared shocked after he was approached by what looked like a middle-aged Leeds fan - Leeds United fan shoves Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe - BT Sport

West Yorkshire Police have charged a man with assault after a supporter confronted Eddie Howe in the technical area at Elland Road.

The Newcastle manager has called for increased security after the flashpoint in stoppage-time of the 2-2 draw at Leeds when the fan grabbed him and shoved him in the chest while insulting him.

"Police have charged a man with assault and entering the field of play following an incident at Elland Road football stadium during the Leeds United versus Newcastle United football match (13/5). The man has been bailed to appear before magistrates on 21 July," read a statement from West Yorkshire Police.

The Football Association have confirmed they will launch an investigation into the disturbing incident.  An FA spokesperson said: "We strongly condemn the incident involving a spectator during the Premier League fixture between Leeds United and Newcastle United.

“The behaviour of this individual is unacceptable, and we will work together with the police, the relevant authorities and the clubs to ensure the appropriate action is taken."

Howe admitted afterwards that he could not remember the incident clearly as it happened so quickly, with security rushing to take the fan away and the Newcastle bench also stepping in to protect their manager.

“It was just such a strange thing. You’re concentrating on the game, it’s not something you expect to happen,” said Howe. “He confronted me, he said something that I can’t repeat, then he’s led away.

“I’m OK. But I think moments like that do make you think. The safety of staff, players, is paramount for me in the Premier League or any matches in the Football League. We need to be mindful. Security is so important.

“I don’t know if I had time to be fearful, to be honest, because it was over in a flash. It certainly makes you think, what if’s. Moments like this should hopefully make people analyse things and see how we can improve safety for staff and players.”

Leeds, meanwhile, have condemned the abuse and threats received by Patrick Bamford and his family after his penalty miss against Newcastle.

"Overnight Patrick Bamford and his family have received completely unacceptable online abuse including several threats via Twitter," read a statement from Leeds.

"The time for this behaviour to stop is now. Those making threats do not reflect our fan base and are not welcome at our club."

Sam Allardyce had praised Bamford for his all-round game in his comments after the game.

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