Footballers Rally – But Where’s Newcastle Support For Gutierrez?


It was devastating news that Jonas Gutierrez revealed last night, that he was fighting testicular cancer, and that he had to start chemotherapy, and has already had the left testicle removed.

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Jonas Gutierrez – in the famous black and white stripes

But the footballers are rallying around the Argentine left winger and there have been many messages of support sent to Jonas in his twitter account.

Here are some the messages that have been sent to him from some of his former colleagues that the Mail have just published:

Joey Barton:

“Heard the terrible news about Jonas. Wish him a speedy recovery. Great guy with a great family. My thoughts are with them all.” 

Steve Harper:

“Buena suerte a mi amigo (Good luck my friend)  Jonas with his battle with testicular cancer. Great lad and teammate who always gave 100% for the Toon shirt.”

Peter Lovenkrands:

“Can’t believe the news about my good friend Jonas. Testicle cancer. I wish you a speedy recovery my friend. #SpiderMan #Nufc.”

Papiss Cisse:

“Wishing @elgalgojonas a speedy recovery #braveman #JonasGutierrez.”

Yohan Cabaye:

Get well soon my man! @elgalgojonas.”

And Chelsea FC have sent their best wishes:

 “We wish Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez a full and speedy recovery after he revealed he is battling testicular cancer…”

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation sent his:

NUFC’s Jonas Gutierrez has announced he’s receiving treatment for testicular cancer. Our very best wishes are with you Jonas.”

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is the patron for Ballboys, which is a for raising awareness for testicular cancer and the .

¨I just want to express my wholehearted support for Jonas. It is hard to see a fellow footballer faced with this illness. We often think as footballers we are super-fit and won’t be affected but this disease knows no bounds.¨

‘Jonas is a strong guy and I am positive he will come through this. He will have support from family and friends and players such as myself.¨ 

It is possible to overcome the disease and we know of at least two friends who have overcome testicular cancer .

Jonas had had a tough time of it in his career over the last year, and only played two games for Newcastle last season, as he seemed to be ignored by the club, and he went on a loan deal to Norwich City last January, but the Canaries were relegated.

And he was told not to return to training this summer by the club, and has been in Argentina, where the news a few weeks ago was that he was training with a personal trainer while looking for another club – and now this.

We send out our very best wishes to the 30 year-old, but would also like to see some visible humanitarian support coming from Newcastle United for their player.

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52 comments so far

  • Hubris

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Maybe, Ed, you could set up a single well-wishers thread to send our messages to him.
    No wumming, no trolling, no score-settling and no posting your favourite formation. No Pardew.
    Just “Get well soon Jonas. We are all rooting for you.”

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  • cyprus

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Good suggestion (sorry didn’t notice poster’s name) to clap for Jonas AND to have a banner or two in support.

    btw, the club should release some kind of a statement. This is crazy. Unless he asked it not to.

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  • Hubris

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #3

    You could start another one straight after for business as usual.

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  • mecannylad

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Surely they (NUFC) are not making an arse of this dreadful situation as well.
    Cheezuz Christ man.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Hubris. We could use this one.

    All the best Jonas.

    Spiderman, Spiderman
    Does whatever a spider can
    Can he recover, from this disease?
    Of course he can, he’s fcuking ROCK!
    Cancer picked onnnn the wrong spiderman.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Not.sure if.its.new, but there is a.twitter account called @HawaytheNads being named due to this. Its a toon fans awareness thing for testicular cancer. Fantastic name 😀

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Very much hope he makes a speedy recovery. Always one of my favourite players, could beat the opposition at ease and with clever feet, although not our best player not a single lad tried harder than he did when he crossed that white line, he left everything on the pitch.

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  • derekm

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #8

    I think the club cannot win on this one – they obviously have kept quiet about Jonas health, whilst taking serious flak claiming that he was not playing due to him being entitled to a new contract if he played a certain amount of games. Could be that for once they showed a bit of class on this one.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Sage

    i still fully believe we.would.not have dropped so many points last season if he had been available to see out the difficult games. Hard to disposess and just kept everyones head level and focussed. Hes a big lad too, he probably do a good job at CB these days!

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Derekm

    agree. We should reserve our judgement until the club say something. They have to soon because Jonas made it public himself. I would like to think NUFC have some.class.left.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #11

    nice to see so many come out in support

    hmmmmm

    bendy wendy, isn’t this your job?

    nufc

    hang your heads in shame, he is one of our own

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #12

    derekm

    OC the club could win.

    all they had to do was release a statement very early today expressing there shock and say the club new and are and will continue to be right beside Jonas and his family as they go through this tough time.

    it would have shut up a lot of people

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  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #13

    derekm @ 8

    The club couldn’t / wouldn’t say anything public about Jonas as an employees medical condition is private. They would only mention it with Jonas’ permission.

    If you told your employer of your condition the last thing you would expect is for your employer to tell all the other employees of your condition.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Guys

    My worry is now that they haven’t issued any sort of statement or well wishes bearing in mind it’s been near a day since the news broke that they will wait until Thursday when parsnip does his press conference and bat away any questions they don’t like with the “Nows not the time to be asking questions like that when one of our own has a serious illness” or something along those lines making any reporter seem insensitive about asking them anything other than guti, clearing the way for parsnip getting out of it.

    I wouldn’t put it past them.

    I still think a statement of some sort should of been issued in support of guti by now so imo they’ve handled it shockingly either way!

    Fcuking sad when you think your club would do this isn’t it!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #15

    markaccus

    It would be nice for the club to say something, in fairness they have handled the terrible situation with those two fans (John Alder and Liam Sweeney) very well.

    As you say, jonas may have wanted this kept quiet until more tests and a long term prognosis was established. These things are very personal and each individual wished to be treat differently.

    Be good for the club to say something soon though, release a statement this evening ideally. But if not I’m sure there will be legitimate reasons for it.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #16

    average

    I remember back to when I gathered support on here after young haidara was injured against wigan, and with permission of Ed, organised a card and get well message to be sent to him from everyone at the blog.

    Maybe we could organise something similar for jonas, given the seriousness of the condition?

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  • sparky55

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #17

    dont know if any of you have seen this today but a very good article

    http://thepremierleagueowl.com/why-alan-pardew-is-such-a-natural-hate-figure-at-newcastle-united/

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Slank

    That standpoint and excuse is now null and void as he’s released it himself. What’s stopping the club issuing a statement of support today? Absolutely nothing in my eyes.

    The only issue I have is what’s actually gone on him not playing wise and then going on loan, now that is where we cannot condemn the club as we don’t know the story.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #19

    AC

    Even if they had simply said, after jonas himself revealed the news, “NUFC Wish Jonas and his family all the best at this difficult time” or.something, then maybe organise.something tasteful and fitting for one of their current (albeit unused) players. It does stink. Like i say though, my final.judgement is reserved until something is actually said. They HAVE to say something soon
    Surely

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  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #20

    I would be very surprised if the club doesn’t issue a statement.

    I suppose they have an agreement with Jonas and probably require his permission to issue an accurate and agreed statement.

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  • Hubris

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #21

    derekm

    I understand what you are saying. But Jonas played just two games in the whole of last season. So I’m not sure you have put the whole of the contract issue to bed. It isn’t a time for points scoring. I hope this isn’t going to descend into another scrap between the usual camps. Neither the club nor opposing groups of fans can afford this to become partisan. Not when so much class is being shown elsewhere.

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  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Average

    They will almost certainly require permission from Jonas as I would imagine that an agreement already exists between him and the club as it would with any employee and employer.

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  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #23

    TS @ 16

    Very good idea.

    Perhaps it should include Norwich fans ?

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  • mecannylad

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Average Contents.
    You are so intuitive. If nothing comes from the clubs press office by tonight and they mention Jonas’ situation as an aside with the team briefing tomorrow ….. well???

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Slank

    Granted, but i am.sure “get well soon” would be ok? Ad long as no details are released that Gutz himself hasn’t already publicised.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #26

    I mean ffs other clubs and players have so why haven’t we considering he’s our player and broke the story himself?

    Starting to think it’s a real possibility they will indeed use Thursday and deflect the criticism from themselves.

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s been almost 24hrs since Jonas told the world, we should have released a statement this morning at the very latest. As far as I’m concerned it’s a bit late now even if we do release a statement.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Unless of course, when we.do.release something, it comes.with a fcuking good explanation as to why it was delayed. And if AC turns out to be right, i am switching to scunthorpe utd.

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  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #29

    TS @ 15

    Yes, the club handled the sad deaths of our two supporters extremely well. I would find it very odd if they didn’t handle Jonas’ condition well.

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  • thepict

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed maybe you should look at NUFC.com and read what they have posted. The club have actually been very supportive to Jonas. I guess you would want to be with your family at a time like this.

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Lads

    This has happened with Petrov at villa, he released a statement saying he was going for treatment….the club released a statement almost immediately saying they were aware of the situation and will stand by him throughout this…Wished him all the best etc.

    Jonas has had surgery and has started treatment so he was within his rights to want people kept out of the loop, but certain words resonate for me was the section where he says “I returned to England have detected the tumour and I assumed all the costs even though I had a contract with Newcastle”

    I think we have acted shoddily with this

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Unless when they finally do release something, it comes with a fcuking good explanation as to why its late. If AC is proved right, i am switching to scnuthorpe utd.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Slank

    As I said that’s now null and void as he’s released the information himself! Not saying disclose the guys chemo schedule or how long the operation took.

    Like mark said even a simple statement would of sufficed but they haven’t as of yet and I for one think it’s fcuking disgraceful. Not on about anything else jist showing their support for a long serving player.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Bendy Wendy ? Lol

    Now that made me laugh catchy

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  • Hubris

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #35

    None of the current squad have tweeted about it, as far as I know. Which suggests some kind of protocol is in place.

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  • mag

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Pardew was awful to Jonas.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #37

    could this be the straw that broke the camels back if they use this on thursday god help them good luck jonas are thoughts are with you

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #38

    Slank

    All the club needed to say was that they were aware of the situation and have told Jonas to recover from his base in Argentina however we will support him throughout.

    To me it sounds like we’ve just told him to go home and rest up and that we will honour the contract….didn’t assist with costs or do all the things villa did for petrov

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #39

    The supposed treatment of him coming back and told to go away is a side issue at the moment for me.

    They should of released some sort of statement wishing him well by now there is no need to wait..unless of course like I said regarding Thursday!

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Hubris

    Read the article mate….cisse has tweeted him

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