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Ex Newcastle star Asprilla subjected to death threats

Faustino Asprilla says a criminal gang came to his home and threatened to kill him and his family in an extortion plot.

The former Newcastle striker has now left his home town, Tulua, out of fear, following the incident on Tuesday.

Faustino Asprilla is said to have fled his home town. Credit: PA

"They told me to contact their chief because if I didn't they would kill my family and me," Asprilla was quoted by the El Tiempo newspaper as saying.

"Today is one of the saddest days of my life. I had to leave my own land, Tulua, as a victim of extortion by a group of anti-socials," he said on his own website.

"My family was threatened in front of me, my father, my sisters. Helpless and hurting, I took the decision for the safety of my loved ones to leave Tulua.

"I dedicated my life to representing my country abroad, to bringing joy to my Colombian people, when I could finally rest, to recover the time lost with my (family), I'm forced to leave by the back door of my own town."

Peter Lovenkrands retires from playing

Former Newcastle and Glasgow Rangers striker Peter Lovenkrands has announced his retirement from playing football.

The 34 year-old last played for Birmingham City in the Championship, where he scored one goal in 15 games.

He won the Scottish Premier League twice and the Scottish Cup three times with Rangers, and helped Newcastle to the Championship title in 2009.

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Newcastle midfielder returns after two years out

Ryan Taylor is set to return to action after more than two years out injured, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed.

The midfielder was first struck down with a serious knee injury in August 2012. A return in April 2013 was ruined by a similar problem that ruled him out once.

Ryan Taylor has missed two years of football. Credit: PA

After recently completing 90 minutes for the club's under-21 side, Taylor is in contention to be in the squad for the Spurs game on Sunday.

Pardew said: "Ryan should return this week. It's an inspirational story. I'm so pleased to put his name on the sheet to travel."

Thousands of Newcastle fans prevented from entering stadium

Fans of Newcastle United have been prevented from entering St James' Park after a new electronic scoreboard became loose.

Supporters tweeted pictures of thousands of people gathered outside the stadium waiting for information.

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Newcastle kick-off set to be delayed over 'loose scoreboard'

Newcastle United's match against Leicester City is facing delays amid reports the electronic scoreboard at the stadium is moving in the wind.

Newcastle said there was an issue with the new giant screen at St James Park. Credit: PA Wire

Witnesses reported seeing the scoreboard "flapping in the wind" at St James' Park.

The club tweeted that fans should expect a delay getting through turnstiles while an "issue with the new LED screen is addressed".

Newcastle footballer reveals testicular cancer fight

Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he is having treatment after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in his native Argentina.

The popular midfielder said he has undergone chemotherapy after having surgery following the discovery of a tumour which was first noticed last year.

The 33-year-old appeared on Argentinian TV show Indirecto looking strikingly different without his trademark long hair and beard.

"When I was told I had cancer, I went home in tears," he told the show.

He added: "This is the most difficult match I've every played. You start thinking about important things when you have problems like this one."

Gutierrez pictured playing for Newcastle against Manchester City last year. Credit: Empics

After revealing his battle with cancer last night, the winger used Twitter to thank fans for their messages of support.

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