A Newcastle United fan has been ordered to pay the club £100 after he admitted painting the St James' Park name back on to a wall outside the stadium.
Michael Atkinson, 29, from Hareydene, Newbiggin Hall, was given a conditional discharge by Newcastle Magistrates and ordered to pay towards the clean-up.
Newcastle United had removed St James' Park signs from the the entrance to the ground the day before the attack on February 17.
The club had also repainted the Sports Direct Arena signs to remove references to St James' Park.
The court heard that at 1.55am, two officers who were patrolling the Barrack Road area of the city spotted Atkinson painting the words ‘St James' onto the wall near the stadium's reception area.
Rebecca Gibson, prosecuting, said: “The defendant noticed the officers, placed his hands in the air and walked towards the police officers.
“The officers saw white paint on both of his hands, they also noticed that he had white paint on his face."
Atkinson told the officers: "I'll come with you. You would've done the same thing.
"I knew I was going to get nicked."
Alan Wilson, mitigating for Atkinson, said: "I ask you to treat this as a one-off issue.
"He has been punished to some extent by the club, he has been banned from attending home games and buying tickets to away fixtures.
"It is an act that won't be repeated, I think he has learnt his lesson, he is embarrassed and a bit ashamed by it.”
Atkinson was given a six-month conditional discharge.
Outside court, Graeme Cansdale, of NUFC Fans United, said supporters have approached the umbrella organisation offering to help Atkinson cover the cost of his protest.
Mr Cansdale said: "He has done something illegal, but I don't think he has hurt the club.
"What he has done may have been ill-advised, however it is certainly reflective of what a lot of fans think."
The club announced it was changing the name of the stadium in November 2011.
It will be called the Sports Direct Arena until a new sponsor can be found.
Newcastle United managing director Derek Llambias has said this could generate up to £10m in revenue for the club each year.
Newcastle City Council has opposed the rebrand and called on local media organisations not to recognise the Sports Direct Arena name.
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