Alan Pardew urges Newcastle fans to light up

RALLYING CALL ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
RALLYING CALL ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew’s called for Newcastle United’s fans to light up St James’s Park – but not with flares.

The club’s last Europa League home game against Metalist Kharkiv was marred by a flare and a pitch invader.

Newcastle – who take on Anzhi Makhachkala tonight in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie – are facing UEFA fines for both incidents.

The club has already been hit with financial penalties for two streakers in earlier in its European season.

United are hopeful of a crowd in excess of 40,000 for the second-leg against the Russian Premier League team.

And Pardew has appealed for supporters to back his team to the hilt – but not to over-step the mark.

“We get a little bit of a younger crowd in for European games, and they just need to control the emotions with the flares and stuff,” Pardew said.

“We get massive fines from UEFA, and it costs us all, fans as well, because it all filters down. It doesn’t do anybody any favours.

“The younger group sing louder – it really helps. There’s a little negative there, but a massive positive. If they lean on that, we’ll all be OK.”

Meanwhile, there will be cash turnstiles open for tonight’s game.

Admission is £15 for adults, £10 for students and £5 for over-65s and under-18s.

Leazes West Corner Level 7 turnstiles 83 to 88 will be open for fans wanting to pay on the night. Supporters are advised to turn up early.

A pre-paid ticket collection office on the concourse above Shearer’s Bar will be open all day.