A video has gone viral this weekend, and it shows one fan gets sparked out as Newcastle and Leeds United supporters clash before Friday’s match.
It was always going to get heated with both of the clubs’ supporters passion and going into the game hoping to see their side’s first Premier League win of the campaign.
However, it played out to a 1-1 draw and following the weekend’s action, Steve Bruce’s men sit 18th in the table while Marcelo Bielsa will be frustrated at placing 17th.
There were audible boos and chants inside St James’ Park when Raphinha’s cross sailed into the Newcastle net to hand Leeds the advantage inside 13 minutes.
The Magpies could have crumbled under the pressure, however they mounted an engrossing fightback, led by Saint-Maximin, who drilled in the equaliser on the verge of half time.
Newcastle and Leeds registered 38 attempts on goal between them but couldn’t find a winner or that first league victory of the season as goalkeepers Darlow and Meslier both produced some outstanding saves to ensure the spoils were shared.
The draw did little to kick off Newcastle and Leeds’ slow starts into life, and a point wasn’t enough to prevent calls for Bruce to be relieved of his duties at the full time whistle.
Tensions grew after the game too with police and security trying to control the scenes that played out as you can see in the recently emerged video below…
Police were criticised on social media by some of those who attended the game, with allegations of multiple officers ‘battering’ individuals with batons.
Others witnessed so much anger from cops that they felt they needed to get some ‘anger management’ following their actions.
Most of the chaos took place in the concourse, with Leeds and Newcastle trying to wind each other up, that’s when a strong police presence arrived.
There was also a flare up between two groups of fans before the game, with one fan sparked out following a punch.
Geordie getting wiped out by a Leeds fan before the match today 😐 pic.twitter.com/lCyl0k3aO0
— ambermeganmarcella (@marcellamegs) September 17, 2021
Newcastle: Darlow (7), Manquillo (6), Hayden (6), Lascelles (6), Clark (6), Ritchie (6), S. Longstaff (6), Willock (5), Almiron (6), Joelinton (5), Saint-Maximin (8).
Subs: Fraser (5), Krafth (n/a), Murphy (n/a).
Leeds: Meslier (7), Ayling (6), Cooper (5), Firpo (5), Dallas (6), Phillips (6), Klich (6), James (5), Raphinha (7), Rodrigo (7), Bamford (5).
Subs: Roberts (5), Summerville (5), Shackleton (n/a).
MOTM: Allan Saint-Maximin.
Steve Bruce: “I enjoyed the game and let’s be honest it could have gone either way. It was like when you play at school, it was end to end and to be fair to Leeds they force you into that way. After a difficult start, the actual game and response from our team was terrific.
“It’s been fine margins today. We needed a bit of luck to go our way. It’s been a difficult start there’s no disputing that but if we keep playing the way we did there then I’m convinced we’ll be ok.
“I can understand frustrations. I get that. The atmosphere they created makes the spectacle. They are unique and the way they got behind the team was the most important thing and I’m very pleased about that.
“That’s the big thing about the Premier League whether you’re at the top or the bottom. You have to accept when you don’t win a game you come under pressure. How you handle it, keep your dignity, do what you think is best and stick with it. The way they have gone about their work today, it could have gone either way, but it was a great football match.”
Marcelo Bielsa: “We had sufficient chances to go in at the break with a bigger margin, but we didn’t score in proportion to the amount of chances we created. We were missing some efficiency and capitalising on the chances that we had. We had a lot of possession, perhaps we could have created even more danger especially in the second half.”
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville: “It was a really good game to watch. Every team that plays against Leeds probably feels as if they are involved in a great game. I don’t think there will be any Newcastle fans leaving tonight thinking they have been done by the players or were tactically out-played by Leeds. They gave punch for punch. Leeds draw you into that sort of fight.
“Saint-Maximin is breath-taking to watch. He is a massive threat, he does everything you wouldn’t want him to do if you are a defender playing against him, and he creates chance after chance. He is brilliant for the Newcastle fans.”
Twitter users reacted when a fan gets sparked out as Newcastle and Leeds supporters clash in new footage…
@CraigWrites70: The guy in front of the bus throwing a kick from at least 4 meters away 👀
@bobby_wilson1: I’m not one for scrapping at football, but that’s a peach, and there’s no way this lad hasn’t spent at least a bit of time in a boxing gym
@AllLeeds______: Like a young McGregor setting up that straight left…..
@roryobrienc: I’m more impressed by the lad in the back throwing a kick from 6 metres away 🤣🤣🤣
@fatmann93: Better footwork than Josh Warrington
In and out with his feet
Set it up with a faint
Straight down the pipe
@Nintendoubt815: It could be a coincidence but I’m seeing a lot more of this happening with Leeds fans suddenly?
@StevieJMilton: Grown men going to the footy and fighting over which team they support. Embarrassing. Firm of mings.
@TomChapman97: Always like Leeds, great set of supporters
@Martez71: Are those two lads riverdancing Infront of the X1?
@mxrganhulme7: bad gimps leeds fans seem have a scrap against everyone every week no wonder they’re so hated
@BatesyV5: Christ his head nearly came off his shoulders.
@kiandenton_: tidy bit of footwork after a few pints is that
@BinksLeeds: Better shot conversation than the team
@Goggathejogga: The boys footwork by the way 🔥🔥🔥🔥
@maximus__21: Gotta admire the footwork to set up that clinical 1-2
Swing and a miss pic.twitter.com/NJipEt5v9p
— Darren John Young 🏆🤍💙💛🇬🇧🏴 (@DarrenJohnYoung) September 18, 2021
VAR check complete – yellow card for simulation following the left to the chops…absolutely no need for the exaggeration on the fall pic.twitter.com/seIzQEf6No
— Matt Jones (@MPJMCFC) September 19, 2021