Newcastle United have been contacted by Barry Sweeney, Liam’s father, and Barry has left a message for Newcastle fans, after the tragedy of both Newcastle fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder being killed when their Malaysian jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine last Thursday – an act of terrorism that has shocked the world.
Alan Pardew and Fab Coloccini with the wreaths yesterday
This is the message Barry Sweeney has left:
“I would like to thank Newcastle United for all your support and kindness. We have been overwhelmed by the support from everybody concerned with the Club.”
“The comments made by the manager, the players and ex-players has been tremendous. We have always known that Newcastle United have always been a family club and Liam was, and still is, part of that family.”
“The support from the supporters, friends and family has been astounding. Our thoughts are with John ‘The Undertaker’ Alder’s family as we know what they will be going through.”
“Also, I would like to thank all of our friends from Sunderland for their generosity and support.”
Sunderland fan Gary Ferguson started gathering donations on his web-site (here) to raise £100 to have a wreath sent on behalf of Sunderland fans and now the donations are close to £30,000 – and that act alone seems to have brought the Newcastle and Sunderland fans together – and it’s great to see that happening in the memory and honor of John and Liam.
And BT Sport has apologized for going to adverts when manager Alan Pardew and captain Fabricio Coloccini laid wreaths on the seats of John and Liam before the game yesterday licked off against Sydney FC.
This is what a BT spokesman said:
“We apologize for any upset caused by a mistimed break during the Newcastle game. The timing was unintentional.”
RIP John Alder and Liam Sweeney- we’ll never forget you.