The family of John Alder, who was killed on the Malaysian Airline flight MH17, has confirmed his body has now been returned to the North East. The funeral of the 63-year-old Newcastle United fan from Gateshead will take place in the next few days.
"The family of MH17 victim John Alder would like it to be known that John's body has now been returned to Gateshead and would like to express their gratitude for all the support and good wishes received during this long and difficult period. Preparations are now being made for a private funeral service for John's family and friends later this month."
Tens of thousands of fans were kept waiting outside St James' Park this afternoon after wind dislodged the club's new giant TV screen on the day of its unveiling.
Both Newcastle and Leicester fans waited over an hour to get through the turnstiles as engineers fixed the issue. Fans were allowed in after 3pm - the time that the original match was supposed to start.
The match kicked off at 4pm, an hour later than scheduled. Newcastle United Football Club has issued an apology to fans affected by the delays.
An update from Newcastle United:
Turnstiles opening 3.15pm
Kick Off 4pm
Newcastle United fans are being temporarily denied access to St James Park this afternoon because of problems with an enormous television screen that was due to be unveiled today.
The 60-metre-squared LED screen is situated on the glass panelling in the North-East corner of the stadium in the Leazes End, and should be visible to more than 40,000 spectators on matchdays.
It is the joint-biggest screen in the Premier League and was due to be up and running for United's home fixture with Leicester City this afternoon.
But because of an "issue" with the new screen, there will be a "short delay" and the match will not kick-off at 3pm as scheduled.
Newcastle United can confirm that there is currently a short delay in opening the turnstiles for today's game whilst an issue with the new screen is being addressed. Further updates to follow. Newcastle United apologies for any inconvenience caused to supporters."
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is 'wary' of the threat posed by Saturday's opponents, Leicester City.
Despite only gaining promotion back to the Premier League last season, Nigel Pearson's side have earned plaudits for their performances, which have included a 5-3 win over Manchester United last month.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash at St James' Park, Pardew said:
They've [Leicester] had the result of the season as far as I'm concerned in beating Man United, with all the players they [Manchester United] had available that day. So they can produce a great performance and we need to be wary of that.
Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer says the club's current crop of players need to 'stand up and perform' to relieve the pressure on manager Alan Pardew.
The Magpies are yet to win a Premier League match this season and are currently 18th in the table after seven games played.
Shearer was speaking at the National Football Museum in Manchester after being inducted into the Football Association's Hall of Fame.
Newcastle United say plans are in place to help protect the club's players from the threat of Ebola during next year's Africa Cup of Nations.
Both Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse could take part in the tournament with Ivory Coast and Senegal respectively. But Magpies boss Alan Pardew said the club is 'concerned' for the safety of the pair and is doing it everything it can to help them ahead of the event, which is due to take place in January and February 2015.
There have been calls for the competition to be cancelled or postponed after the recent Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco has even withdrawn from hosting the tournament over safety fears regarding the virus.
Newcastle United's ground St James' Park will be formally listed as an Asset of Community Value, after a successful application by a fan group.
The title is seen as an opportunity for football fans to protect their grounds and make sure it remains a focal point of the community.
It also means the Newcastle United Supporters' Trust has the right to bid for the ground if it were ever put up for sale.
It follows high profile applications to protect grounds including Anfield and Old Trafford.
Former Newcastle United and England midfield player Peter Beardsley has told ITV News that fans shouldn't worry about the season ahead.
Speaking at Wallsend Boys Club, he said the club had a "great owner and a great manager".
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