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The Newcastle fans who are taking the fight to an imaginary enemy – Very strange Twitter phenomenon

7 months ago
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Every weekend, there are Newcastle fans bravely battling a cruel enemy on out behalf.

A cruel enemy who actually doesn’t even exist.

Like everything else that exists online, especially social media, Twitter can be a great thing…IF you keep reminding  yourself of where it fits in with real life.

On Saturday, Martin Dubravka played well at Wembley and helped keep Newcastle in the game, as he usually does most weeks.

However, with seven or so minutes left a Son strike from outside the box won the game, powerfully hit but straight at the keeper, it somehow eluded the consistently excellent keeper.

This was some of the reaction Twitter after the final whistle:

“Any1 havin a go at Dubravka can fu.. right off.”

‘If you slate Dubravka you’re a wa..er.’

“Just to remind every nufc fan slagging off Dubravka.

“Without him we would have been relegated last season, no doubt.”

“I would never knock Dubravka.

“How many crucial saves has this man done for us ?

“Seriously grow up saying he is sh..”

“I see the Dubravka is crap and Rafa sh.. tactics brigade are out again. FFS.”

“Don’t start mouthing off about Dubravka, he’s been world class since he’s been here.

“We could still have Matz Sels.”

“Most of these people slagging dubravka never seen mike hooper in nets for us.”

“I really can not believe what I have been reading.

“Someone called Dubravka a donkey keeper. An actual Newcastle fan.

“Imagine turning on Dubravka for one mistake. Best keeper we’ve had.

“Saved us from going down last season and will save us from going down again this season!”

“If you’re a Toon fan and are giving Marty Dubravka any kind of grief you can unfollow me you cretin.”

Like someone high on drugs swinging punches at an imaginary assailant, these defenders of the Twitterati are also fighting an enemy that doesn’t exist.

This happens every match, Newcastle fans leaping to the defence of at least one NUFC player who is supposedly being slaughtered by hordes of other supporters.

It just isn’t true. Of the small number of ‘Newcastle fans’ who do attack their own players, they can easily be pigeon-holed into categories such as pure attention seekers, losers, Mackems, or pure mackem attention seeking losers.

Some other Newcastle fans did bring some clarity to the issue last night:

“Is anyone even criticising dubravka, all I’m seeing is people begging likes on here.”

“Nobody is slagging off Dubravka are they? Stop the mock fu..ing outage FFS.”

The very worst newspaper stories these days are the ridiculous ones where the basis of the article is what somebody somewhere is saying on Twitter.

You can basically find whatever you want to find on Twitter, or just make it up yourself if all else fails…

Martin Dubravka doesn’t need defending from the masses of Newcastle fans who have suddenly turned against him because they don’t exist.

Try and keep it real please.

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