Newcastle Shirts Banned From FC Metalist Kharkiv Match
Newcastle United take on FC Metaklist Kharkiv on Thursday but the Ukrainian team have travelled to the north east well ahead of the match and will play Whitley Bay tomorrow, a bit of fresh sea air to help them acclimatise.
Alan Pardew has confirmed that he will be going along to the match for a sneak preview but in a strange move, the Ukrainian club’s officials have requested that spectators don’t wear black & white shirts/scarves etc and the Whitley Bay website says that admittance may be denied if anybody does turn up in United colours.
I’d hope and expect that the reality wouldn’t see fans turned away but you would think Kharkiv would want everybody to wear them to help them prepare for their surroundings on Thursday night…
Alan Pardew has confirmed he’ll be popping down to Whitley Bay for the match and this is what he said about it to the Chronicle;
“We’ll be there. It shows how serious Metalist are taking our fixture, to come here a week early and play against a local team is admirable.
I doubt I’d have done that, you have to admire their preparation”.
Please note that the kick-off time has changed and instead of 7pm, the match will now start at 5pm and admission is £10 and £5 (concessions).
As the visitors are coming off the back of their winter break their players will need every minute of pitch time they can get and whether have, or not having a winter break, benefits anybody – we will find out on Thursday.
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