Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­

A RE­SPECTED grandad ex­posed him­self at ri­val fans dur­ing a mo­ment of “sheer stu­pid­ity” at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium.

Life­long New­cas­tle United fan Keith Stein­metz, who has never been in trou­ble be­fore, trav­elled to the cap­i­tal to see his team play Tot­ten­ham on May 9 this year.

After be­ing ver­bally abused by op­pos­ing fans, the 57-year-old grand­fa­ther-of-two de­cided to drop his trousers and “shake his pe­nis” at his taunters for “five to ten sec­onds”, a court heard. Ar­rested

How­ever, the stunt back­fired as Stein­metz was seen by a num­ber of wit­nesses and se­cu­rity staff. He was de­tained and ar­rested.

Now Stein­metz, of Gos­forth, New­cas­tle upon Tyne, is fac­ing be­ing given a foot­ball ban­ning or­der after he pleaded guilty to one count of ex­po­sure and a pu­bic or­der of­fence dur­ing a hear­ing at North Ty­ne­side Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Pros­e­cu­tor Lorna Rimell said Stein­metz had been sup­port­ing his team at the Pre­mier League match, which had an evening kick-off, at Wem­b­ley.

She added: “At 9.15pm, dur­ing the match, the de­fen­dant was seen to ex­pose his pe­nis by a num­ber of wit­nesses, in­clud­ing home and away sup­port­ers and se­cu­rity staff.

“He’s de­scribed as pulling down his trousers, hold­ing his pe­nis and shak­ing it to­wards the Tot­ten­ham fans.

“He had his pe­nis out for about five to ten sec­onds.”

Stein­metz, who had drunk be­tween six and seven pints of lager, was im­me­di­ately de­tained by se­cu­rity staff un­til the po­lice ar­rived and he was ar­rested.

Dur­ing in­ter­view, he was ex­tremely re­morse­ful and “at a loss” as to why he’d be­haved in such a way, the court heard.

Mark Har­ri­son, de­fend­ing, said Stein­metz was a re­spected man, both in his do­mes­tic and pro­fes­sional life.

And he said Stein­metz had ex­posed him­self “in a mo­ment of sheer stu­pid­ity” be­cause of taunts from the Tot­ten­ham fans.


The so­lic­i­tor added: “To use the term ‘ex­cru­ci­at­ing’ would be an un­der­state­ment about how he feels about th­ese pro­ceed­ings.

“He de­scribes him­self as gut­ted, dis­ap­pointed, em­bar­rassed and an­gry.

“He’s a pro­fes­sional per­son who’s got a highly re­spon­si­ble job, which he faces los­ing.”

Mag­is­trates gave Stein­metz a six-month com­mu­nity or­der and fined him £600.

Stein­metz will re­turn to court at a fu­ture date when it will de­cided if he will be given a foot­ball ban­ning or­der.

New­cas­tle lost the match 1-0.

AN­GRY: Stein­metz re­acted to taunts from fans

EX­PO­SURE: Wem­b­ley sta­dium

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