Newcastle fans accused of running amok at amateur matches before Wigan game

The Northern Echo: Newcastle United's Massadio Haidara is carried from the field on a stretcher after a horror tackle by Wigan's Callum McManaman Newcastle United's Massadio Haidara is carried from the field on a stretcher after a horror tackle by Wigan's Callum McManaman

HUNDREDS of Newcastle United fans have been accused of causing trouble before Sunday's controversial match against Wigan. 

The fans are said to have disrupted amateur matches being played near the away end of Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium by running on the pitches, dropping their trousers, ripping out the nets and trying to break the goals by hanging on the crossbars.

Fans later boasted about the trouble they caused - including stealing a £65 match ball - on social networking sites.

The Premier League game on Sunday was won by 2-1 by the home side, but the result has been overshadowed by the fall-out from a tackle on Newcastle's Massaido Haidara by Callum McManaman.

The young Frenchman was stretchered off after the Wigan striker's challenge, which has been widely condemned but will not be punished by the FA.

Before the match, 250-300 Newcastle fans caused chaos after they got off coaches and wandered across to watch Wigan Cosmos play AFC Leigh Centurions in the South Lancashire Counties League, a Cosmos spokesman said.

"As the supporters spilled out of the coaches, which were not managed by the club or police officials, they proceeded to watch the game from the touchline," the official claimed.

"Some fans then chose to run on to the field of play, dropping their pants, causing the game to be stopped.

"The situation then magnified as a crowd around 250-300 Newcastle United fans followed suit.

"Although good-natured at first, the fans then started to rip out corner flags as they ran over the pitches and also took the match ball.

"We never recovered the ball, though we did manage to recover the corner flags.

"The so-called fans then decided to charge over to the adjacent pitch where Goose Green Reserves were entertaining Olympic AFC in another South Lancashire Counties fixture.

"They again began by ripping out their corner flags.

"The fans then charged into the goalmouth, jumping on to the goalposts in an attempt to snap the crossbar with the sheer numbers clambering on them.

"They then started to rip the nets from the posts, tearing them and trying to take them. Our players helped to retrieve the nets.

"After spending quite some time singing and hanging on the goalposts, the fans then ran back over to our pitch whilst singing "We're Newcastle United, we'll do what we want".

The official claimed more damage was done to nets and corner flags.

"Once again I would like to stress that, despite the obvious scenes developing, no support was provided from the authorities," the club spokesman said.

"This incident was a very distasteful experience that lasted for over 40 minutes and with families, dads, granddads and youngsters all watching the games as well as some quite experienced players who were all left shaken."

Cosmos put the cost of replacing the ball and the damaged nets at £200 - a tiny amount for a Premier League side but a lot of money for an amateur non-profit side, the spokesman said.

He added: "The fact that these same fans have taken to Twitter and YouTube to boast about the incident and in fact revelling in it, showing no signs of remorse, is possibly even more disturbing.

"Not only have they cost my football team a great deal of expense but they have shown a total disrespect to football itself."

Pictures of Geordie fans hanging on posts and walking on the pitches appear on the Cosmos club website.

Newcastle fans from the True Faith fanzine are organising a whip-round for the clubs affected and have condemned the vandalism.

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2:48pm Fri 22 Mar 13

Colcat says...

I find it disgusting that so called "Newcastle fans" can treat intelligent, furry little hunter-gatherer creatures with such disrespect and cruelty. They played an absolute pivotal role in defeating the emperor on their forest moon of Endor, and should have our full support.
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Actually now I think about it, that was Ewok, not Amok. My bad.
I find it disgusting that so called "Newcastle fans" can treat intelligent, furry little hunter-gatherer creatures with such disrespect and cruelty. They played an absolute pivotal role in defeating the emperor on their forest moon of Endor, and should have our full support. . Actually now I think about it, that was Ewok, not Amok. My bad. Colcat

3:48pm Fri 22 Mar 13

st-george1 says...

When-oh-when will someone at the Football Association and not least the owners of Newcastle FC get a grip of the dangerous, hooligan element of their so-called hacked-off and boozed-up footie FANS, the diehard breed of fanatics behaving like home-bred suicide bombers intent on causing mayhem and attacking those they hate wherever they surface AND if the English FA want people to take the RESPECT thing seriously they should be warning every club, player, coach, manager AND the so called FANS that any unacceptable behaviour towards those they like to hate, on and off the pitch will be dealt with … so let the rest of us hope there is a judge in the UK who will give a ruling and the appropriate punishment of all concerned before arenas become no-go places !
When-oh-when will someone at the Football Association and not least the owners of Newcastle FC get a grip of the dangerous, hooligan element of their so-called hacked-off and boozed-up footie FANS, the diehard breed of fanatics behaving like home-bred suicide bombers intent on causing mayhem and attacking those they hate wherever they surface AND if the English FA want people to take the RESPECT thing seriously they should be warning every club, player, coach, manager AND the so called FANS that any unacceptable behaviour towards those they like to hate, on and off the pitch will be dealt with … so let the rest of us hope there is a judge in the UK who will give a ruling and the appropriate punishment of all concerned before arenas become no-go places ! st-george1

5:09pm Fri 22 Mar 13

loan_star says...

They seem to love pitch invasions. Not long since they brought shame on their club by invading the pitch at a Darlo friendly.
They seem to love pitch invasions. Not long since they brought shame on their club by invading the pitch at a Darlo friendly. loan_star

5:59pm Fri 22 Mar 13

nigel d says...

I wonder if this had involved fans of a team in red would it have appeared in mondays paper rather than nearly a week later.not that I believe the northern echo would treat the local teams differently.
I wonder if this had involved fans of a team in red would it have appeared in mondays paper rather than nearly a week later.not that I believe the northern echo would treat the local teams differently. nigel d

8:01am Sat 23 Mar 13

Billy173 says...

nigel d wrote:
I wonder if this had involved fans of a team in red would it have appeared in mondays paper rather than nearly a week later.not that I believe the northern echo would treat the local teams differently.
North East media usually put SAFC down any chance they get, especially the north east news programmes.
[quote][p][bold]nigel d[/bold] wrote: I wonder if this had involved fans of a team in red would it have appeared in mondays paper rather than nearly a week later.not that I believe the northern echo would treat the local teams differently.[/p][/quote]North East media usually put SAFC down any chance they get, especially the north east news programmes. Billy173

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