As we had suspected, Newcastle plan to give life bans to those disorderly fans who invaded the pitch in the second half last night at Darlington, in the 2-0 win.
Alan Pardew – shocked by what he witnessed last night
And we cannot stress enough how those actions have , as Alan Pardew said today
“Brought shame on everyone connected with Newcastle United.”
Newcastle will direct an immediate inquiry and look at video of the crowd disorder on Friday night, that saw two pitch invasions by hundreds of Newcastle fans, some of whom were seen holding bottles of alcohol.
The English FA have already been in touch with the Newcastle club about the trouble, and they will launch an independent investigation of their own, that will almost certainly bring the Tyneside club some punishment, exactly what that may be we don’t know.
Darlington could also face some punishment, if it is found that security arrangements were lacking.
Of course, as we reported this morning, there was also an incident outside the stadium before the game, when angry Newcastle fans surrounded Managing Director Derek Llambias and verbally abused the Newcastle official.
Pardew said today:
“We came to play a football match and to provide entertainment for a family audience.”
“Instead we witnessed some truly appalling behavior which damages the reputation of this club and the majority of our supporters.”
It was obvious that Alan Pardew, who went onto the pitch to calm down the fans and restore some kind of order, and he is to be applauded for that, was still somewhat shocked by what he saw last night.
And news is that Newcastle have obtained TV pictures from Sky Sports and also from their own camera crew – and both video streams will be used to identify those who were responsible, and shamed the Newcastle club.
We hope this is the last pitch invasion we will see from those few fans, who have tarnished the name of a famous football club.