Statement – John Carver

Statement – John Carver were disappointed to learn of an unpleasant incident involving Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver and a number of our volunteers during the pre-match warm up at St. Mary’s Stadium this afternoon.

Following a request made on our Twitter account yesterday evening for assistance with holding up five “” banners at the Southampton game, a number of groups/individuals responded and were given the aforementioned materials outside of the stadium an hour prior to kick-off.

When in the ground they decided to take up residence behind the goal during the pre-match warm-up to display said banners and were subsequently approached by Carver. What followed was an extremely unprofessional, unprovoked and frankly unacceptable rant containing obscene verbal abuse, questioning the integrity of their support and inviting them to visit the training HQ at Little Benton on Monday morning for a physical confrontation.

We at find this behaviour and attitude of a club employee with significant responsibility to be highly offensive and unbecoming of our great club. Moreover, we believe that every Newcastle United supporter has a right to protest in a peaceful manner, especially having travelled over 300 miles and undertaken journeys nearing 6 hours in duration to do so.

As such we hope that Newcastle United Football Club formally address the issue from a disciplinary perspective and that John Carver apologises forthwith for his actions.