The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle’s 1-0 Europa League victory over Metalist Kharkiv in the Ukraine last night, was marred by violence both before and after the game.
Metalist fans during the game which Newcastle won 1-0
The report says that one Newcastle fan was taken to hospital to have some stitches before the game, after being attacked as the fans arrived at the Sportyvna Metro station at the Metalist Stadium.
A number of Newcastle fans tweeted about their troubles.
“Loads of trouble before the game. Metalist charging Newcastle fans. Police letting them do it.”
And then after the game he was a bit happier as he tweeted:
‘Hats off after the game. Police got it right. Escorts to center of town and a large police presence about.’
@Trotts01 tweeted this before the game:
“Newcastle fans taking a canny kicking outside away metro station, be careful.”
And at the final whistle, several hundred home fans managed to scale the barriers to get onto the track surrounding the pitch, and they then confronted stewards.
Why was that – because they lost?
And this also follows reports that about 150 Spurs’ fans were attacked at The Smoking Dog Pub in Lyon on last night that took place before the game – and in that game in France, Spurs scored in the last minute to get through with a 1-1 draw after winning the home leg 2-1.
Hopefully UEFA will be looking into these incidents – which puts a black mark on the name of football.
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