Geordie Fans Attacked By Metalist Hooligans

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.

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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.

@andy5powell tweeted:

“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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11 comments so far

  • ichrisho

    Feb 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    What do you expect from a 3 world country… Neanderthals…

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    As far as attacks on supporters go we have it really cracked down in this country. That sort of things rarely happens over here.

    It’s common place in eastern europe and italy unfortunately.

    It’s difficult to understand the mentality of these people. A lot only seem to follow football so they can have a fight before the or after the game.

  • rainrix

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Not surprised really. Was surprised it happened in lyon though. The thing is you cant really stop it. Uefa showed with serbia last year they have the gonads of a prepubescent korean girl. Pretty much up to the local authorities who by the sound of it aren’t that good.

  • toon1707

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Every time you go to a place like this in football unfortunately there is always this worry that this will happen

  • NobbyNolano

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    We need to be careful not to label all Metalist fans as hooligans. It was surely only a minority ad hopefully the incident is dealt with. Don’t let it spoil a great night for everyone associated with Newcastle! We’re underdogs for sure but Bradford are in the League cup final…

  • ichrisho

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    There is a massive HATE campaign suported by UEFA againt the English in Europe… Chelsea fans in Napoli, Spurs in Rome and Lyon, Us in Ukraine… but Man United… no no – roll out the RED carpet…

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s a difficult thing for UEFA to police in my eyes.

    They could ban clubs from european competition if violence occurs in the ground but away from the ground they are powerless.

    Say when Anzi come over here there is nothing to stop a load of sunderland fans attacking the anzi fans in the city or bars, it would be harsh to punish the club for that as the club cannot police the city and its difficult to know what team the attackers follow if it happens away from the ground.

    Any violence in the ground should result in heavy fines then bans….if you know yours fans cause trouble ban the ones who do and increase police and stewards in the stadium.

    Away from the ground it’s up to the local police to manage things. At best clubs could recommend a few pubs for away fans and then have to pay for extra security or police around there but other than that not much i can see clubs being able to do.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8


    I don’t think this is anything to do with UEFA and the majority of there fans behaved.

    You get small pockets of idiots where ever you go, more so in those countries but still its the minority.

  • ichrisho

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Sage – Your’e right. I am in a sensationalist mood this morning after last night’s game… Need less Coffee and more sleep… 🙂


    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #10

    I think it’s time we start giving these Eastern European hooligans a good f***ing kicking

  • Moat1

    Feb 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #11

    i agree NUFC_LEAZES END


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