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Newcastle playing for MH17 victims, says manager Alan Pardew

Published on Jul 21, 2014 11:39 AM
 

WELLINGTON (AFP) - Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew on Monday dedicated the club's pre-season tour of New Zealand to two supporters who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Britons John Alder and Liam Sweeney were en route to New Zealand to watch the club in a pre-season tournament when their plane was apparently shot down by pro-Russian rebels over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people.

"It's an unbelievable event that's happened. We feel for their families, in particular," Pardew told reporters in Dunedin, where Newcastle will play Australian A-League side Sydney FC on Tuesday.

Pardew said his players were devastated that two dedicated fans had lost their lives travelling to a football match.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew on Monday dedicated the club's pre-season tour of New Zealand to two supporters who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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