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Leeds ban great-grandmother for pitch invasion!

Leeds United have defended their decision to ban a great-grandmother for a year for running on to the pitch at Elland Road, reports The Guardian. Margaret Musgrove was given an automatic ban by Leeds after she went on to the pitch during the last game of the season in May.

The 63 year old was caught by TV cameras walking across the penalty area with her arms in the air at the end of the match against Burnley. She was grabbed by stewards and taken to holding cells but was not charged with any offence.

She told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "It's not like I am a hooligan. People who do much worse than this get the same ban."

Mrs Musgrove said she just got carried away, adding: "I just wanted to shout 'Lads, I love you'."

A Facebook group has been set up to campaign for the ban to be lifted, called "Give Mags Musgrove Her Season Ticket Back Mr Bates" - directed at the Leeds chairman Ken Bates.

A spokesman said: "Mrs Musgrove encroached the grassed playing area despite repeated pleas throughout the game for people not to do so and it's club policy to suspend people who do this.

"In excess of 30,000 fans abided by the message to please keep off the pitch. For a club suspension she is entitled to appeal, which she has done."

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