Streaker who cost NUFC thousands to pay just £300

A man whose streaking cost Newcastle United more than £5000 in fines will repay only £300 for his behaviour.

Steven Arkle vaulted the barrier at Newcastle's Europa League match against Atromitos on August 30th, running around the pitch and disrupting the game.

Arkle ran nude around the pitch and performed a naked dance in front of the referee before walking off the pitch.

The 21-year-old blamed the poor performance of the Newcastle United side for his behaviour and criticised stewards for not chasing him off the pitch.

"The lads weren't doing very well – I did it for the lads.

I love the Toon and I have been supporting them since I was young.

They should have chased me."

– Steven Arkle

Prosecutors made a court bid to claim more than £5000 from Arkle, but magistrates took Arkle's 'limited means' into account and ordered him to pay £300 to the football club.

NUFC are still considering a civil claim to recoup the remaining money they were fined by European football’s governing body.

"We are still taking legal advice in terms of pursuing compensation from both offenders.

We are... disappointed in the extreme that Arkle didn't receive a banning order."

– Steve Storey, Newcastle United's head of security