Newcastle utd’s Carver called on for apology

Newcastle United fans chanting at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's
Newcastle United fans chanting at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's

NEWCASTLE United assistant manager John Carver’s been called upon to apologise for an outburst at fans holding an anti-Alan Pardew banner.

Carver was involved in a confrontation before Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Southampton.

The heated exchange at the St Mary’s Stadium was caught on film and posted on social media.

Carver remonstrated with the supporters during the pre-game warm-up.

The website behind the banner - sackpardew.com - later issued a statement labelling Carver’s behaviour “highly offensive”.

It added: “We hope that Newcastle United Football Club formally address the issue from a disciplinary perspective and that John Carver apologises forthwith for his actions.”

United have made no comment on the incident.

It is not clear whether the club will investigate the exchange.

Carver - who served as No2 to Sir Bobby Robson during his tenure at St James’s Park - has a longstanding association with his hometown club.

The 49-year-old started his career at St James’s Park as a player.

Carver later returned to work at the club’s Academy.