Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles was confronted by angry fans after his side were thrashed 5-0 at Leicester City at the weekend.
Footage has been posted of him fronting up to the angry Magpies supporters with some of them asking him to pay for their journey home but he had nothing on him.
One fan hit back: “No cash? You’re paid 40 grand a-week!”
Lascelles replied: “What’s that got to do with anything?”
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The player got permission to travel back on him own whilst the rest of the squad were on the coach – facing frustrations with reports of a diversion on the M1 to get back to the airport.
Supporter Dave Bage told the Newcastle Chronicle: “He was in his car and receiving a hell of a lot of abuse so came out to speak to the fans, not in an aggressive way but just to face up to us.
“I’ve got big respect for the guy as most of the players disappeared into the coach as fast as they could.
“He came over and was signing autographs and posing for pictures but even then he apologised for the performance. Some of the fans were asking him to pay for their cab fare home but he said he didn’t have any cash on him.
“Some of the fans were saying to him that it wouldn’t have happened under Rafa and he just kept saying: ‘What do you want me to do? Rafa’s gone.’
“It was tough one to keep my son happy on Sunday but by the 60th minute when we’re 4-0 down I told him just to enjoy the game and the season now. I said we need to accept that this will be a relegation season but not to stop coming to the games because otherwise we are simply letting (Mike) Ashley destroy the one thing about the club that makes us great – the fans.
“In the end, we had a fantastic day and the atmosphere was incredible.”
Lascelles told Sky Sports after the game: “It was terrible from the boys and we have no one but ourselves to blame. Leaking four goals even with 10 men is not good enough and it’s just not acceptable.
“I don’t think I’ve been here before where we’ve conceded five goals. We should’ve made it hard for them. Teams have been doing it throughout time, so it’s not good from us.
“It’s never happened like that. The boys do care, and having a man down is a disadvantage but we could’ve rolled our sleeves up and made sure they didn’t score again but we didn’t get into shape.
“It was nowhere near good enough. You should have a bit of pride in yourself and win your duels and battles. The simple things that you’re taught, we didn’t do.
“I don’t want to say that we gave up, but we need to sit down and look back at that as it is nowhere near acceptable. The gaffer won’t let us have our heads down too much, and we will need to let today go.”
After watching the video, there was a huge amount of support towards Lascelles after his comments to the angry Newcastle fans won some appreciation – check out what they had to say on the next page.