One thing that we just cannot tolerate is Newcastle fans wrecking the good name of Newcastle United – a club we all cherish deeply – and support through thick and thin, and yesterday was thin – very thin – in fact very very thin.
Northumbria Police try to control fans
But to read that Newcastle fans rioted in the City Center and at the Central Station after the game yesterday was hard to take, when a bunch of Newcastle fans ran riot and even attacked some Sunderland fans, has only served to bring down the name of Newcastle Upon Tyne and Newcastle United.
The news is literally being reported around the world with Fox Sports and other sports news outlets in the US leading with the fan violence story.
And this after Alan Pardew had proudly said on Friday that the club and the City had got some great press in Europe – not only because of our results – but because of our fans being so great and behaving themselves.
Unfortunately it was not so yesterday, and 29 people were arrested after violence erupted following Newcastle’s dismal display and defeat by Sunderland 3-0 – the worst defeat by a Newcastle team against Sunderland since the 4-1 defeat at home in early 1979 – that’s how bad it was.
There is video of the violence showing Newcastle fans picking up empty bottles and throwing them towards the police and even of a fan trying to punch a police horse – would you believe it!
The horse is called Bud and the West Yorkshire Police Horses Twitter account have tweeted that Bud appears to be OK and is doing well,
Newcastle fans got themselves into trouble at Wigan four weeks ago, but that has been cleaned up so to speak, with Newcastle fans sending the small Wigan club that was affected donations and letters of apology, and the side will even play at St. James’ Park too – all expenses paid.
I also got a few notes from their manager saying how thrilled he was with the responses of the real Newcastle fans.
We’re not sure what we do about yesterday’s nonsense – other than to send Bud some carrots or something.
Being beaten by Sunderland in the way we were yesterday, with the red and whites showing all the passion is bad enough, and it’s hard to take, but damaging the good name of Newcastle United and the City is simply unforgivable.
We expect Newcastle to issue some statement today about the violence – and that it is completely unacceptable behavior – even if we were beaten by Sunderland 3-0.
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