The Newcastle players won promotion when beating Preston last month, then went one better on Sunday afternoon as the 3-0 victory over Barnsley was enough to also secure their position as champions.
An overwhelming majority of Newcastle fans stayed behind to watch them presented with the trophy and to celebrate on the pitch, the supporters showing their appreciation as Rafa and his squad did a lap of honour.
Monday has seen confirmation that the squad went out celebrating themselves in Newcastle last night in the City Centre, with the season over the players having a few well earned shandies to drink to their success.
However, The Mail has revealed that the squad made a strange choice of venue to celebrate in.
‘Newcastle players toasted winning the Championship by heading for a night out on the town just hours after clinching the title.
Key members of Rafa Benitez’s squad including captain Jamaal Lascelles and goalkeeper Rob Elliott were snapped on the night out – which began in Aveika before they headed to Livello Nightclub.
And Jamaican midfielder Rolando Aarons even took his medal along with him, pictured posing outside the club as he held it up for the camera.’
I say ‘strange’ because this is the very same Livello Nightclub where Rolando Aarons was involved in a very different night out when recovering from injury.
At 3am in the morning in October 2016, a massive fight broke out and was alleged to have started when Rolando Aarons went ‘berserk’ with a group of men who were dancing and ‘bumping and grinding’ with his auntie, then started filming it.
The aftermath of the incident saw arrests and a number of court appearances for Rolando Aarons and another six defendants, the latest of which was only last Wednesday (see below). With a two week trial to be scheduled where Rolando Aarons faces a very serious charge of violent disorder. Thankfully there was ‘bumping and grinding’ of any aunties reported on Sunday night and no Police needing to be called.
Of all the nightspots the Newcastle players could have chosen in town, amusing that they chose this one.
The Mag – 3 May 2017:
The 21 year old (Rolando Aarons) is charged with violent disorder (along with six others) after an incident at the Livello nightspot in Newcastle, in October 2016.
The Wednesday morning hearing at Newcastle Crown Court saw all seven deny violent disorder.
The trial is likely to take up to two weeks for the case(s) to be heard and when it came to where the trial should be heard, Prosecutor Ian West has asked for the trial to be heard outside Tyneside.
“The first question that arises is where the trial should take place.
“The reason I say this is because of the presence in the dock of Rolando Aarons, who is a professional footballer with Newcastle United.
“This complicates matters, as clearly the prosecution would not want any Newcastle United supporters on the jury that tries him.
“I dare say Mr Hedworth (defending Rolando Aarons) would not want any Sunderland supporters on the jury that tries him.”
As an alternative, the Prosecutor suggested Middlesbrough/Teesside.
Speaking in reply to this suggestion, Aarons’ counsel claimed to be ‘astonished’ at the suggestion to move the trial 30 miles down the road.
The date of the trial is still to be set and Paul Sloan QC, the Recorder of Newcastle. will decide on the location.
The case was once again adjourned and the seven defendants granted unconditional bail.
As well as 21 year old Rolando Aarons, the other six accused of violent disorder are Joan Jacob (Gosforth), Kallum Phillips (Bristol) who also denies a charge of wounding. Jean Coly (Liverpool) who also denies wounding, Jamar Collins (Bristol), Sabrina White (Bristol) and Garfield White (Bristol) who also denies assault.