Fan suspected of urinating in goalie’s bottle arrested
A Middlesbrough fan who allegedly urinated in the opposition goalkeeper’s water bottle during an English championship game has been arrested and faces a ban from watching his team, British police said.
Video shared on social media shows a man reseal a water bottle and throw it onto the pitch behind the Queens Park Rangers goal at their Loftus Road ground in London during Boro’s 3-0 win on Saturday.
Fans talking about the incident on a forum indicated the bottle may have been taken earlier by a pitch invader.
It is unclear whether QPR’s goalkeeper, Alex Smithies, drank from the bottle.
The dedicated football officer for Cleveland Police, whose territory includes Middlesbrough, said on Twitter: “I’ve been asked by a few followers and can confirm the so called @Boro fan who urinated in the @QPRFC goalie bottle was arrested by colleagues from @MPSFootballUnit
“Disgusting act and I will do all I can to remove him from attending Boro games again.”
London’s Metropolitan Police said a man was charged with throwing an item onto the pitch and will appear in court.
The force’s football unit tweeted: “After an investigation @MPSFootballUnit can confirm that the male arrested at the @QPRFC v @Boro game yesterday has been charged with throwing an item on to the pitch.
“The male has been bailed and will appear at court next month.”
Last month, a Sunderland fan was ejected from the Stadium of Light after he was thought to have defecated on his seat, although police later said he was merely drunk.
For Citizen TV updates
Join @citizentvke Telegram channel
Video Of The Day: CAS Rachel Shebesh and athlete Asbel Kiprop share their mental health journeys