There could now be some serious repercussions after the crowd violence last night at Darlington by Newcastle fans.
Derek Llambias – verbally abused
It turns out that Managing Director Derek Llambias was also verbally abused by a large group of the supporters, and that was
way before before hundreds of Newcastle fans invaded the pitch.
The FA will no doubt now launch a full investigation into the events after Sammy Ameobi scored the second goal of the game after 55 minutes, and that was after Joey Barton had put Newcastle ahead in the 3rd minute.
The fans had been singing the ditty “If Sammy scores, we’re on the pitch” and that’s what they did.
Referee Colin Webster will certainly mention the incident in his formal report to the FA, and an investigation will now very likely ensure – whcih is the last thing either club wants.
It’s never easy being the Newcastle manager, and this is what Alan told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“The referee will do a report and we’ll have to wait and see what happens from there,” “I hope there aren’t any serious repercussions because that’s certainly not what we would want from our first pre-season game, but we’ll have to wait and see what unfolds.”
“I was standing on the sidelines and it all looked very jovial. We were playing well, in control of the game, and when Sammy scored it seemed to be a bit of a celebration. But it turned nasty really.”
“It was just by a few, but unfortunately as with any of these incidents, a few can spoil it for the many that come.” “We brought 6,000 people here and the majority of them were absolutely brilliant. But unfortunately we all get tarnished with that brush.”
“I knew that if they came on again, we were going to be in trouble,” “I just tried to keep them off and luckily it seemed to work. It was all calm after that.”
“There wasn’t an incident in the game that caused the problems, other than scoring a goal. I think it just got a little bit out of hand, just by a few.”
“I’ve been at the club six or seven months and I’ve not seen an incident like this. It was a one off and hopefully it stays like that. We don’t want to see that again. For us and the players, it’s disappointing, and for most of our fans who have travelled here as well.”
Pardew’s decision to speak directly to the Newcastle fans was his own, and it worked well, and the Londoner was able to calm the fans down, but apparently after the game, a number of Newcastle players were unhappy at the crowd violence.
But there also seems to be some anger with fans that the £35M Carroll cash has not been spent, and even before the kick-off, there were ugly scenes in one of the bars at the Arena, as some Newcastle supporters verbally abused Llambias about not spending the Carroll cash.
The cash has been spent, if you consider it is being used on the wages of the new players over the length of their contracts, but there again both Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have never been too popular with fans on Tyneside.