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."
After revealing his battle with cancer last night, the winger used Twitter to thank fans for their messages of support.
Gracias por todos los mensajes de apoyo. Mirando siempre para adelante. Thanks for all the messages. Always looking fordward.
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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was also fined £60,000 and warned as to his future conduct. The Football Association said an Independent Regulatory Commission ruled the first three-matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban.
The ban comes after he was involved in an incident in which he appeared to headbutt a Hull City player in the 72nd minute of a fixture on March 1.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been charged by the FA with improper conduct after headbutting a Hull City player.
The FA said it was a "non-standard case" because of its "serious, violent and/or aggressive nature."
Pardew has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.
Freddy Shepherd has told ITV News Tyne Tees that the controversy surrounding Alan Pardew's headbutt of Hull's David Meyler will follow him for the rest of his life.
Speaking about the incident, the former Newcastle United owner said: "He has got that for the rest of his life. That will be on his back for the rest of his life."
In the interview, Freddy Shepherd also made it clear that he does not want to see Alan Pardew lose his job.
Former England international and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker and pundit Richard Keys took to social media to condemn Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who was fined £100,000 by his club after he appeared to headbutt Hull midfielder David Meyler.
Alan Pardew has just head-butted David Meyler. Yes head-butted. Inexcusable from a manager.
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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been fined £100,000 and received a formal warning from the club in relation to his behaviour at Hull, the north-east club have announced.
The club said they are "disappointed with the actions of its manager."
In a statement the club said: "His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United."