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Newcastle United players involved in early hours ‘street fight’ before trip to China – The Mail

3 years ago

Only hours before flying to China last Saturday, it has been claimed that Newcastle United players were involved in a ‘street fight’ in Morpeth.

The article has been published by The Mail and they have footage recorded on an onlooker’s phone to back up the story.

A number of Newcastle United players, including Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback and Karl Darlow, are said to have been playing golf last Friday, before then heading into Morpeth for drinks.

Then at 2.50am on Saturday morning it ended up with things kicking off in a pizza takeaway (doesn’t it always!).

The Mail say that somebody called Shelvey a ‘bald cu..’ and that this sparked a 20 minute altercation that spilled out onto the street.

To be honest, difficult to make much out on the phone footage, looking more like pushing and shoving, which is usually what these things are restricted to. The report also says that nobody involved the Police either.

There wasn’t a competitive match coming up but it doesn’t look great when they were getting on the plane to China 10 hours and supposedly in the middle of pre-season preparations.

To many people this would look like just another example of the club lurching along and summing up the unprofessional nature of what has gone on, heading for freefall.

Not great either for the likes of Colback, Shelvey and Darlow when they then all play so woefully on Wednesday, the three of them all starting the game against Wolves and already three down at half-time, the trio looking poor along with pretty much all their teammates.

To have had no manager/head coach most definitely doesn’t help and now Steve Bruce has been appointed, to stand any kind of a chance he needs at the very least everybody pulling together and showing they are professionals.

The players putting themselves in that situation at 3am in the morning is just asking for trouble.

Part of The Mail report:

‘Newcastle United stars Jonjo Shelvey and Karl Darlow were involved in a 3am street fight where a rival was punched and kicked after alopecia-sufferer Shelvey was allegedly called a ‘bald c***’ in a takeaway after a pub crawl, MailOnline can reveal today.

The fracas in Morpeth, Northumberland, kicked off when the millionaire midfielder responded by telling his abuser: ‘Go back to your council house, you peasant’.

The fight came just ten hours before the squad flew to China for the troubled Premier League club’s pre-season tour, which began with a 4-0 thrashing by Wolves yesterday.

In exclusive footage of the bust up, goalkeeper Darlow, wearing a black hoodie, shorts and white trainers, appears to aim a kick at a man who had been shoved to the ground after punches were thrown.

Shelvey, who is wearing a white cap and designer ‘slider’ flip-flops, tries force his way into the brawl before being pushed back to the pavement in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Newcastle’s highest paid player, who earns £70,000-a-week, had been in a takeaway when he was allegedly verbally abused about his lack of hair.

A source told MailOnline: ‘Jonjo Shelvey was in the takeaway when a group of lads called him a “bald c***”. He laughed it off and said, “‘Go back to your council house, you peasant”.

‘But a friend of Karl Darlow has then got protective and weighed in with a punch. It would appear Darlow has also got involved in the fight. Shelvey is now getting some grief from the lads involved, although he was not involved in the actual altercation.’

Shelvey and Darlow, who are currently in China, had been drinking with friends including fellow player Jack Colback in the Black Bull pub.

One woman watching the fight from across the road yelps and says ‘that was cheeky’, referring to Darlow as ‘that keeper guy’, after he aims a kick.’


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