Lord Kinnock moved after wild goal celebrations upset fans
FORMER Labour leader Neil Kinnock was escorted out of his seat during a Premier League football match - after upsetting fans with his wild celebrations.
Lifelong Cardiff City supporter Lord Kinnock “caused angry responses” by leaping up and down with joy when his team scored against Fulham.
Security staff had to move the leaping Lord from his seat for “spoiling” the enjoyment of home fans at the West London club.
Lord Kinnock, 71, and his two grandchildren were among hundreds of Cardiff City fans sitting in the home stand at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground.
The former Leader of the Opposition jumped for joy when his boyhood team scored in the 12th minute of the first half.
Other Cardiff City fans saw stewards arrive and escort Lord Kinnock and his grandchildren from the Ernie Clay stand at the ground.
One fan posted on the club’s fan forum: “Pleased to see Mr Kinnock sitting two rows in front off me in the stand.
“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.”
Lord Kinnock, former Vice-President of the European Commission, was later spotted going “bonkers” in another part of the ground when Cardiff City scored their injury-time winning goal.
It gave the Welsh team an historic 2-1 victory - their first away win in the top flight since 1962 when young Neil Kinnock was a humble student in Wales.
Hundreds of Cardiff City fans bought tickets in the home end at the stadium after their official allocation sold out.
Sarah Brookes, spokeswoman for Fulham FC, said: “Mr Kinnock was located in the home stand on Saturday and caused some angry responses when he and his family celebrated the Cardiff City goal.
“He was relocated in The Putney End, the away Stand, where there were a number of spare seats.
“We would always relocate away fans found in home areas, if seats are available, to ensure that Fulham fans located in home areas enjoy their matchday experience.”
Lord Kinnock’s office in London said he had been expecting to sit in the “away end” with other fans of the newly-promoted club.
Spokeswoman Jane Enright said it was just co-incidence that Lord Kinnock and his grandchildren were moved just after Cardiff City scored.
Lord Kinnock has been a fan of Cardiff City since his coal miner father took him to his first match aged six.
He has previously been quoted before a big match saying: “Decorum will not come into it if Cardiff win.”
Neil Kinnock was an MP in the Welsh Valleys from 1970 until 1995, first for the Bedwellty constituency and then for Islwyn.
He was Leader of the Opposition from 1983 until the Labour Party leadership election in 1992, making him the longest-serving Leader of the Opposition in British political history to date, and the longest never to have become Prime Minister.
Following Labour's fourth consecutive defeat in the 1992 general election Lord Kinnock resigned as leader and resigned from the House of Commons three years later.
In January 2005 he was elevated to the peerage becoming Baron Kinnock of Bedwellty.