Leeds United supporter charged with assault after shoving Newcastle manager Eddie Howe

A Leeds United fan has been charged with assault after running into the technical area and pushing Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe at Elland Road on Saturday.

Howe was shoved in the closing stages of Saturday's 2-2 draw between the clubs, after which Leeds issued a lifetime ban on the supporter.

After getting into the face of the Newcastle boss, the fan was escorted away by security.

"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 yesterday," West Yorkshire Police said on Twitter on Sunday.

"The man has been bailed to appear before magistrates on July 21."

When talking to BT Sport about the incident after the game, Howe said: "That was a real surprise. I was concentrating on the game. It was the last thing you think could happen."

He added: "I can't repeat what he said, but it makes you think 'What if?'

"It was personal to me. I can't remember if he pushed me or not; it was such a strange thing to happen. Moments like that make you think. We need to be mindful of security.

"Nobody should have to feel their personal safety is violated when trying to entertain the country. I didn't have time to be fearful; it was over in a flash. But it made me think about things after."

Leeds took the lead in the seventh minute through captain Luke Ayling before Callum Wilson scored two penalties either side of half-time to put Newcastle ahead. Leeds managed to rescue a point late on through defender Rasmus Kristensen before Junior Firpo was sent off in stoppage time.

Leeds are still in the relegation zone but move up one spot to 18th on 31 points, one point behind Everton in 17th, while Newcastle remain third in the table on 66 points.

Information from Reuters was included in this report.