Newcastle Fans Attacked At Match In The Ukraine
With the immediacy of social media such as Twitter, even before the match kicked off, United fans over in the Ukraine were reporting of attacks by locals in Kharkiv.
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Amongst the feedback were the following via Twitter;
@Trotts01 “Newcastle fans taking a canny kicking outside away metro station, be careful”.
@andy5powell “Loads of trouble before the game. Metalist charging Newcastle fans. Police letting them do it”.
After the final whistle hundreds of Metalist fans also climbed over hoardings and confronted stewards but the two sets of fans didn’t come together.
After the match the local police got their act together with @andy5powell commenting;
“hats off after the game. Police got it right. Escorts to centre of town and large police presence about”.
Newcastle fans who visited the Ukraine when we played matches against Dynamo Kiev will not be too surprised at the trouble, as it was well dodgy after the match when two late John Beresford goals gave us a 2-2 draw back in the nineties.
Still, a bit of a shock for the fans experiencing this behaviour after pretty much trouble-free cultural visits to the likes of Bordeaux and Bruges.
With Twitter being open to view by everybody, unfortunately there is always somebody who embarrasses themselves and so we had a village idiot from down the road;
@adamframe “thats funny as f*** hahahahahah” #ftm #safc
Though credit to Newcastle fan Andy Powell who came back with;
“see you in Moscow (venue for next round v Anzhi)…oh wait…” #smb
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