Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Steward Sacked over Selfie with Players

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Steward Sacked over Selfie with Players

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Byline: CHRIS KNIGHT Reporter

ANEWCASTLE United safety steward has been sacked after leaving his post to take a selfie with two players.

Musab Said was stationed outside the Platinum North lift entrance at St James' Park on the evening of the Magpies' FA Cup third-round clash with Blackburn Rovers.

He was tasked with preventing members of the public entering the area while players passed through.

But Mr Said could not resist the opportunity of stepping inside and ditching his hi-vis jacket to snap a selfie with Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark.

The steward said he was spotted by a supervisor and immediately sent home from his shift on January 5. And Mr Said, from Arthur's Hill, Newcastle, said he was "shocked" to learn he had been sacked for "gross misconduct" following a disciplinary hearing. He said: "I was not expecting the decision to go that way. I don't think the punishment was very fair."

Mr Said, 42, said he joined the safety team at St James' Park in August 2017, and was typically stationed inside the Milburn Stand. He claims he was asked to work overtime on January 5 to cover the lift, a position he had never been stationed at before.

He said he was asked to prevent any members of the public entering, but said he briefly stepped inside and removed his hi-vis jacket when he spotted defenders Lascelles and Clark. He said: "I just could not help it. I asked them if I could take a picture and they were smiling.

"I took a couple of pictures, the whole thing only lasted about 30 seconds."

Mr Said, who also works as an interpreter, said he was spotted by a supervisor and stripped of his ID badge and hivis jacket on the spot. He was sent home, and was then summoned to a disciplinary hearing at St James' Park on January 15. The hearing considered allegations against Mr Said of abandoning his post between 8pm and 8. …

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