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Saturday 20 December 2014

City fan Kinnock ejected from seat

Neil Kinnock was ejected from his seat because of his wild celebrations as Cardiff City beat Fulham at Craven Cottage
Neil Kinnock was ejected from his seat because of his wild celebrations as Cardiff City beat Fulham at Craven Cottage

Former Labour leader and football lover Neil Kinnock was ejected from his seat during a top flight football match for upsetting fans with his wild celebrations.

The 71-year-old was overjoyed to see his beloved Cardiff City defeat Fulham at Craven Cottage in west London this weekend.

But he was sitting in a home stand and his exuberant celebrations when the Bluebirds took a 12th minute lead led to him being moved by a steward.

Club spokeswoman Sarah Brookes said the politician's celebrations caused angry responses from the home crowd.

She said: "Mr Kinnock was located in the home area celebrating a goal and was asked very politely by one of the stewards if he would like to sit with the away fans.

"We would do that with any fan who celebrates a goal because the home area is for home fans.

"You are sold a ticket to go in the correct area. It is in the interests of all fans so everyone can enjoy supporting their team.

"I don't know how he got the tickets."

Lord Kinnock, who is well used to banter and raucous behaviour after a life in Parliament, is believed to have been sitting with his grandchildren when they were moved from the Ernie Clay stand to a designated away area.

But he was not the only Cardiff fan sitting with Fulham fans.

Another supporter wrote on a forum: " Pleased to see Mr Kinnock sitting two rows in front of me in the Ernie Clay stand yesterday.

"I am not sure if Neil has as much experience as me of sitting with the home fans but his celebration of our first goal led to him being escorted from the stand.

"I however managed to remain undetected until Jordon banged in number two."

Cardiff, who Lord Kinnock has supported since boyhood, won the game 2-1.

Lord Kinnock's office in London was unavailable today but his spokeswoman Jane Enright told the London Evening Standard it was just coincidence he and his grandchildren were moved just after Cardiff scored.

The politician led the Labour Party between 1983 and 1992.

He went on to b ecome the European Union's Transport Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004.

In 2005 he was elevated to the peerage becoming Baron Kinnock of Bedwellty.

In May Lord Kinnock celebrated Cardiff's promotion to the Premier League for the first time by drinking with manager Malky Mackay, captain Mark Hudson and owner Vincent Tan in Parliament.

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