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Fan Allegedly Hit By Portuguese Police – Newcastle Statement

7:16 pm, Friday, April 5th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

Newcastle United have issued a statement following last night’s game in Portugal, when it was reported that a young Newcastle fan leaving the Stadium in Lisbon was hit by a police baton.

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Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal

The Newcastle United club have issued this statement:

The club were made aware last night – Thursday – by fans leaving the Estádio da Luz,  of reports that a young Newcastle United fan had been struck by a police baton during the hold back after the game.

Whilst club stewards and officials were inside the ground, none witnessed the alleged incident. Club officials made Northumbria Police, who were working with local police, aware of the reported incident last night.

The club would strongly encourage the father of the young fan to make a formal complaint to the Portuguese police – which can be done via Northumbria Police – so that the incident may be investigated.

Newcastle United will assist with any investigation.

It’s unusual that Newcastle have issued the statement, but it shows the clubs are right behind their supporters, when they are not treated right while on the road supporting the team.

It’s a case of Newcastle supporting their supporters – good for them.

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Geordie-Jake // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    indykaila News?@indykaila30m
    Rafael Benítez has told his acting agent that he would welcome talks with Mike Ashley regarding being #NUFC manager via club source.

  • 2 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    185Toon-Prodigy // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Don’t know about anyone else. But im more and more being taken a back by Marveux. He is looking very decent when going through the middle. He’s continuing to impress me. He’s really coming into his own, he’s getting that ball to Cisse and creating.

    I think we should swap him with Sissoko on current form, he will tear into Fulham

  • 3 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Rafa Benitez?

    Would you lot see him as an upgrade?

  • 4 Fridge // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM


    Omg! That would be fantastic!! Source reliability?

  • 5 daztoon // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    we gotta find a place for Marv for sure was a killer chip over last night and will always create something for Cisse

  • 6 Fridge // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Toon prodigy

    On pardew? Yes by a mile at least!

  • 7 daztoon // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Benitez yes would be an upgrade but would prefer a Pochettino type

  • 8 p // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I actually do think Rafa knows what he is talking about and very experienced.

    Doing well under tough conditions at Chelsea but can handle the decent players they have.

    Not sure whether he would be suited to the toon. That is a tough one.

  • 9 yo-yo // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM


    Yes and no.

    Any manager who can get a team 3-0 down at half time to win the CL is something special.

    He’ll play 4-2-3-1 as standard.
    He has a dismal record in wasting money on bad signings.
    He has relationship problems with club owners and a reputation for extreme arrogance (nothing new there then !)
    His defences are rock solid – though the zonal marking is queried by some.
    He is a top coach.
    He is his own man – might cause a few problems.
    He is nowhere near as good a man manager as Pardew – tends to have quite a few ‘casualties’ amongst the players he doesn’t favour (nothing new there then).

    I’d be quite happy to see AP as general manager and Rafa running the first team. This Indykaila thing has been doing the rounds for a few days now though – supposed to be ITK but not infallible

  • 10 roblee7 // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    would love Benitez to come in….just so I can hear him say “football skwaad”…..translated as football squad 🙂

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM


    Would you drop sissoko for him? I think on his current form he would do very well in his place. He can be a little ineffective out wide. Blossoms if you give him the ball just in the oppositions half. He’s away. Reminds me of a young Dyer.


    Are we saying the football could be better or are we just going off his CV in regards to the clubs he’s been lucky enough to manage.

  • 12 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:47 PM


    I don’t think Rafa would take kindly to being hung out to dry as our board consistently seems to do with managers. There would certaintly be words spoken. He would probably walk away.

  • 13 croftus5678 // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    you should really talk to liverpool fans before you decide that rafa is better than pards lol.

    they hate him with a passion selling there best players and not knowing anything about tactics according to them !

    i’m not convinced that pards is that bad a manager and think its only because we support our team that we are picking on any negative we can find to try to find better.

    if he got to 5th with all baring demba ba who most of us wanted gone as it was stopping cisse from scoring and the fact he has just got some more very very good players in he can not be that bad really.

  • 14 roblee7 // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    anyone else think Anita’s pretty poor? Never impressed me….doesn’t have enough impact for me….too lightweight, just doesn’t excite me in the slightest. dont think ajax were bothered about letting him go either. seriously want him to come good, but cant get a first team place at the mo even with all the injuries, just don’t see where he fits in to future plans!

  • 15 daztoon // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Id play him behind Cisse and let Sissoko run from deep at least but he needs to be in and around the box for sure

  • 16 roblee7 // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    shame Sven Erikson wants so much cash everywhere he goes as I genuinely think he’s one of the best managers around

  • 17 yo-yo // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    daztoon -previous thread

    At no time have I insulted you by name – but if you identify yourself as a totally obsessed Pardew basher like Beattie then fine – the cap fits but when thread after thread after thread becomes a tirade against Pardew and anyone disagreeing gets a slagging as a kiss-arse – as you have then you’re evidently not capable of a reasonable discussion when other bloggers don’ t share your opinion.

    Did you have a view on the thread header – these French based African strikers ?

  • 18 Geordie-Jake // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    @ Fridge, think this guys quite reliable he’s got quite a fews things correct so far so we’ll see

  • 19 Bambams // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    I noticed during the game ‘ tactical units or riot police ‘ running up the stand into the crowd but the cameras did not view what was occurring. To hear a young fan has been struck is terrible.
    Be very difficult to find who the officer was in these situations.

    On Rafa…. I am not too sure, I think ‘ pound for pound ‘ he is a better football manager but whether he can get the respect from the players they obvioudly already have for pards I am not too sure. It’s a bit of 50/50 for me.

    I would much rather have Blanc or Laudrup if I had the magic lamp

  • 20 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    One thing about Benitez is he knows the Spanish market pretty well and I would love to see a few Spaniards in our squad. He brought the likes of Torres,Alonso,Arbeloa & Garcia of the top of my head.

  • 21 roblee7 // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    on Anita…he also cost the price of Sissoko, Mbwia and Marveaux put together, maybes more! not such good business IMO

  • 22 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I think Jonas could be away in the summer unless he wants a place on the bench. With Marveux, Gouffran, Sissoko, and Benny to come back I can’t see a spot for him next year like

  • 23 Fridge // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM


    Well i am for a change. And that might be benitez. He has vast experience. He also has motivation in proving Chelsea wrong. I actually think he is a good choice and with someone Of his stature beeing our manager we will be taken more seriously as a force to be reckoned with me thinks.

  • 24 croftus5678 // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM


    i do really like anita tbh he has a good all round game and did have a bit of an impact in benfica game running around the pitch and breaking play up ! and i know i did not happen last game but he’s quite creative going forward also


    i do agree on sissoko ! yes he gets forward and scores but he does look like he wants to be deeper in a midfield role and not pushed in a more forward role he’s not a natural striker or off striker but he does look very creative and good at breaking play up.

  • 25 daztoon // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    To be honest mate don`t really know that much about em.A Striker i was hoping we`d sign at the time was Shane Long and looking at Remy looks good would still take him when QPR go down

  • 26 yo-yo // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM


    No I rate Anita highly but he is a guy who likes to play short passing and when both he and Cabs have immobile teammates not looking for space it’s difficult to shine. Got a good long pass on him though – watched him chipping defenders with a ball into space a few times. In a settled midfield with Cabs and an enforcer he’d do well.

  • 27 daztoon // Apr 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Agree with that Anita looked class on his run of games was very unlucky to be dropped to the bench.

  • 28 croftus5678 // Apr 5, 2013 at 8:02 PM


    ouch…erm…i’m really having to swallow my words now >.<
    i really hated jonas for a hell of a long time seeing him being played as pointless "but" the past few games he's played have been great and benfica i have to vote him motm as much as it hurt me to do it ! i'm sat here honestly trying to think up excuses to keep him now if only for backup.

  • 29 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Where do we think Anita is best positioned?

    Has hasn’t really got a look in of late? DM CM?

    He seems quite tidy with a good range of skills.

    Where was he playing when he did well for us?

  • 30 croftus5678 // Apr 5, 2013 at 8:06 PM


    agree i think if we had of got remy (but we didnt i know) i think we would have been in a hell of a lot better team position than we are now (and we still got the signings we made ofc) and if we get him cheap and the wages are within range of our cap (sadly i dont think so anymore) i would not moan at us signing him.

  • 31 croftus5678 // Apr 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM


    i think a flat midfield 3 of cabaye/sissoko/anita all 3 have a great all round game and imo would not need a holding midfielder or an advanced midfielder and give us the option to play 5 at the back 2 up front and let the wingbacks be our defenders.




  • 32 croftus5678 // Apr 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    @31 correction

    trying to play with 12 players >.< take arfa out

  • 33 thepict // Apr 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    This article is about how nice it is that the club are supporting the fans. Would be nice if the fans actually started supporting the manager.

  • 34 Lynxie // Apr 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Hi chaps, back after a while off for personal reasons.
    The incident with the young lad being belted by a copper with a riot stick happened just in front of us, and although I did not get a clear look at the incident, it was normal behaviour for the moronic and thuggish behaviour of the really brave gang members with the play mobile helmets and riot shields…… The inciting of unnecessary tension and antagonistic manner of those present, could have sparked scenes which could have been on world TV and headlines calling Toon supporters a national disgrace. The Benfica supporters were extremely well mannered and respectful of the Newcastle fans, its a great shame on Portugal’s most famous club, that the security forces are such W*nkers.

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