Chairman Chris Mort has urged Newcastleâ€™s supporters to ensure there is never any repeat of the anti-Islamic chanting that overshadowed last Sunday’s Premier League game at Middlesbrough.
Visiting supporters at the Riverside abused Mido of Middlesbrough during Sundayâ€™s Newcastle â€“ Middlesbrough game.
The English FA is going to investigate the matter and Mort is hoping that this is an isolated incident.
Chris Mort – asks Newcastle fans for help – please behave
This is what Chris has written in the program notes for Newcastle’s game with Wigan Athletic this afternoon.
â€œUnfortunately, it was the abuse of Mido and not our open play and goals that captured the headlines,â€ â€œThis isnâ€™t typical behavior from our supporters.
â€œWe value highly the great work that has been done by and with important organizations such as Kick It Out and we also do a considerable amount of work which goes unnoticed.â€
â€œThis club doesnâ€™t judge people on the grounds of race, religion or personal beliefs. I want to encourage fan participation and we must all work hard together to make sure the Mido incident is a one-off.â€
â€œI would like to say a public thank-you for the way the Middlesbrough owner (Steve Gibson) and manager (Gareth Southgate) reacted to the incident.”
“While they naturally supported their player, all their comments about Newcastle United were both sensible and measured.â€
Excellent and measured comments from Chris and we really hope his words will not go unnoticed by our great supporters. The chanting of last Sunday harms the club’s image, there’s no argument about that. Let’s have the headlines in the future, not only be about all the wins Newcastle register this season, but also that our supporters are indeed the greatest in the land. That’s what we need to aim for – and we know we can do it – on both fronts.
We have the team now â€“ and we’ve always had great support â€“ so please let’s keep it that way. Oh, and by the way, fasten your seat belts, we think it’s going to be an exciting ride this season 😀