Newcastle fans attacked in France ahead of blockbuster PSG clash as chairs thrown and windows broken

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Newcastle fans have been attacked by PSG ultras ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League clash

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 28/11/2023

- 08:57

The two sides will meet at the Parc des Princes this evening

Newcastle United fans in France have been attacked by Paris Saint-Germain's ultras ahead of Tuesday night's clash.

The two sides meet tonight in the Champions League with Eddie Howe's side needing to secure all three points to boost their chances of going through to the knockout stages of the competition.

Newcastle currently sit bottom of their group - but did manage to beat PSG 4-1 when they met in the tournament last month.

Fans have been flocking to the French capital ahead of the match this evening.

Yet there have been sour scenes in Paris, with PSG ultras seemingly attacking Newcastle fans on Monday night.

Videos surfaced on social media of Newcastle supporters trying to blockade doors as flares and chairs were thrown at them.

Reacting to the footage, the Newcastle United Supporters' Trust said: "Stay safe in Paris tonight.

"Stick together and look after each other."

One of the videos showed Newcastle fans trying to prevent PSG's ultras from storming a bar they were in.

Additional footage shows glasses being smashed and windows being broken as tempers flared.

In an attempt to prevent violence ahead of the fixture, police had previously stated that pubs designated for away fans should close early.

This was in order to reduce the risk of fans clashing with each other.

Potential trouble had been expected, with PSG fans involved in clashes with Newcastle fans after their match last month.

Earlier in the season, one Newcastle fan was stabbed in Milan by a gang that had followed him walking back to his hotel.

Eddie McKay was ambushed by seven or eight people after spending some time in Milan's Navigli district.

The 58-year-old was stabbed twice in the arm and once in the back.

He said it had been an 'unprovoked attack' and was grateful his son and friend were not seriously hurt.

McKay later returned home and Newcastle wished him well, saying: "Our thoughts are with the supporter and their family and we hope for a full and speedy recovery."

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, meanwhile, has revealed he's driven by a 'fear of failure' as the match with PSG looms.

He said: "We need to play on the edge.

"Every team is at their best when they have that emotion running through them and we need that energy because this is the defining moment of our Champions League campaign.

"We are fully aware of where we are and what we need to do.

"Our defensive structure and resilience has been good this season, so we need it to be every ounce as good as that against PSG.

"Fear of failure is a motivating factor in my career - losing doesn't sit comfortably, no matter what the occasion and of course that applies to this game.


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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is driven by a 'fear of failure' ahead of PSG Champions League clash


"I don't think the motivation could be any bigger for us.

"We want to be in [the Champions League] as long as we can be and that makes tomorrow a huge moment in our season.

"We have a plan and we will try to get ready to execute it and be ready for the game."

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