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Newcastle United Hooligans Invade Pitch At Darlington: Video

Who said hooliganism was dead? On Friday, a small group of Newcastle United supporters invaded the pitch after the Toon scored their second goal against Darlington in a friendly (see above video).

Not only did Newcastle supporters invade the pitch in the 55th minute, but there were sickening scenes of hooligans beating up a fan and kicking him while on the ground.

The incident caused a 10-minute delay in the match.

Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias made a statement on the club’s website after the incident occurred Friday. “On behalf of everyone at Newcastle United, we wholly condemn the behaviour of a number of our supporters who invaded the pitch during the second half of the club’s friendly against Darlington.

“The club will be seeking to obtain footage of the disorder from Darlington and the police and will be taking the strongest possible action against those individuals responsible for the shameful behaviour.

This behaviour is not typical of the vast majority of our fans, however this incident gives a poor impression of Newcastle United and its loyal supporters.”

Newcastle United arrive in the United States on Sunday for its 2011 US summer tour. The Premier League team are scheduled to play against Sporting Kansas City (July 20), Orlando City (July 23) and Columbus Crew (July 26).


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