Newcastle boss Eddie Howe reacts to confrontation with Leeds fan and highlights need for security
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe says his confrontation with a Leeds fan in the 2-2 draw at Elland Road should act as a wake-up call for those responsible for the safety of players and staff.
An angry home supporter climbed out of the stands and entered the technical area to confront Howe before being quickly whisked away. Howe says he is fine after the incident, which came in injury-time of a pulsating game, but that the safety of those involved should not be "violated". "I actually can't remember whether he pushed me or not, I've got no idea, it's such a strange thing because you're concentrating on the game and you don't expect it to happen," Howe said. "He confronted me, said something that I can't repeat and was then led away. "I'm OK, moments like that do make you think about the safety of staff and players is paramount for me at any matches in the Premier League and Football League. We need to be mindful, security is so important. "I don't know if I had time to be fearful because it was over in a flash but it certainly makes you think 'what if' and I think it is moments like this that should make people look and analyse how we can improve safety for staff and players. "No one should have to face that, playing a sport we love and trying to entertain the country, no one should feel like their own personal safety is violated. It is something for us to reflect on."
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