Newcastle Players Apologize For Night Club Photograph


As we expected Leon Best, Stephen Ireland and young Stephen Folan,  have issued an apology to the club and its fans after being at the Tup Tup Palace nightclub on Friday evening.

Tup Tup Palace on St. Nicholas Street in Newcastle

Both players were injured and did not make the trip to Stoke City, where Newcastle were humiliated 4-0, so things were not too good with the Newcastle club or the supporters when the pictures were shown in the press, and indeed Alan Pardew was asked about them immediately after the game.

And as we said yesterday it just made the thing worse, but it’s hardly that the lads were drunk and disorderly or anything like that, but professional footballers are restricted from doing a lot of things other people do, because they are in the public eye.

The statement released by Newcastle was as follows:

“Although we had both been ruled out of the game at Stoke and didn’t travel with the team, we realize that going out to a bar was inappropriate ahead of Saturday’s game and we fully regret doing so.”

“We were asked to have our photograph taken and we removed our shirts as a tongue-in-cheek joke between friends, but of course the resulting coverage in the press suggests a far different night out.”

“Whilst our actions were wrong, neither of us had consumed alcohol and we were out for only a very short period of time.” “However, with the team having an important game at Stoke the following day, we should never have put ourselves or the club in that position.”

So when I said yesterday they hardly looked inebriated it seems they didn’t have any alcoholic drinks at all, and were only in the Palace a short time.

A number of fans will see  little wrong with all of this, but football players have to be very careful what they do in public, because it can all be turned on its head.

Some of the readers have said that if we had won 3-0 or so  on Saturday, would this have been that bad – and it probably wouldn’t have been such a big deal of – because that reporter probably wouldn’t have asked the question after the game in the first place.

This incident is now behind us, and we really need to stop this poor form Newcastle are in – and I said recently that only a monumental collapse could get Newcastle relegated this season.

That collapse would be to start losing almost every game, and we’ve managed to lose two in a row and collected just one point in the last 3 games, even though two of them were at home, so the lads must put a stop to it, and beat Wolves at home in the next game.

It could be one of the most important games of the season in just under two weeks time.

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • bobby jay

    Mar 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    the players involved and pardew need to focus on whats going on on the pitch, I personally cant see what the players did wrong. They were not involved in the game. The team need to sort out the mess there very quickly getting them selves into on the pitch. When I checked the league table this morning I found myself concentrating more on the teams below us than above.
    CMON LADS GIVE YOUR HEADS A SHAKE !!!! forget silly matters like these and just go out and beat wolves in 2 weeks time

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  • DarloGeordie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t really see what the big deal is… If they were playing the next day and lost 4 nil then yeah there is a big problem but they weren’t even playing. They both need to sort their fitness out and start scoring some goals for us.

    Too much negativity around the club at the minute, which isn’t a good sign…

    I blame Pardew

    only kiddin 😉

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  • bri h

    Mar 22, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    REALY THINK THIS HAS BEEN BLOWN UP TO SOMTHING WHEN IN REALITY ITS NOTHING.REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN OUR PLAYERS WERE BEING ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTS AND OTHER THINGS NOW THAT WAS WORTH THE BAD PUBLICITY.THE LADS WENT TO A BAR HAD ONE NON ALO DRINK AND HAD THIER PICTURE TAKEN .THERE WAS NO NEED FOR AN APOLOGY IN MY EYES

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  • daneevz

    Mar 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    i think Newcastle should look at Kevin de Bruyne good young talent could be a force in the prem!!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Mountains out of mole hills. They did nothing wrong they were injured and not playing so what the f**k if they went out on Friday.

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  • shpetmeister

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    I see were linked to Cavani recently, if i have one hope of newcastle signing one big player, that is the man people, and why i mean the man, i mean there is only 2 alan shearer, every penny would be worth bying him!

    And Riise 😛 hahahah

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  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    James Perch to issue an apology for getting himself ruled out of the wolves game? At a time when we are going to be desperately short of players (the run in) he gets sent off playing against the manurer nursery team. F***wit of the highest order, should not be anywhere near this club, not good enough by a country mile.

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  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Nice to see Ireland and Best standing upp to make a full and frank apology for amateurish beahviour, and conduct unbecoming a professional footballer.
    Meanwhile, Steve Harper: Cashier number five please…………..!

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  • cousto

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    This story is another example of the media trying to create infighting within Newcastle, if it’s not contract problems or take over talks, it’s false rumours about transfer funds not being available or these utterly pointless stories. Just waiting on the Mike Ashley out brigade to heap the blame on him for these photos

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  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    If Mike ashley was not so tight, he could have bought every single pub in Newcastle, and barred the palyers out on the night before games. hence it is his fault. Ashley out!”

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  • clinta2

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #11

    That’s the problem with modern footballers, complete children, soft as f@$%! Who goes out on a Saturday night and doesn’t have a beer?!

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