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.