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Charity says racist abuse still widespread

The charity Show Racism the Red Card says it's sadly not surprised at the racist abuse suffered by Sol Campbell.

It works in communities to address the issue among young people and says education is key to changing how people act.

One of the things it's important to recognise is that anybody is capable of exhibiting prejudice. It's something that is almost human nature to people and it's how we deal with that and what we do when we feel that prejudice.

– James Kingett, Show Racism the Red Card

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Pardew: What the papers say

Today's papers Credit: ITV

The Chronicle - Lee Ryder - Alan Pardew's only quick exit from Newcastle United would be to resign from and wave goodbye to a compensation package.

The Mirror - Simon Bird - The Toon Army are furious and the form since last December is that of a side on its way to relegation, but Ashley's axe probably won't fall any time soon.

The Telegraph - Luke Edwards - Ashley to defy supporters and give Pardew until Christmas to turn club around despite dismal defeat at Southampton.

The Guardian - Louise Taylor- Alan Pardew is expected to still be in charge of Newcastle United when Hull City visit St James’ Park on Saturday. Although defeat against Steve Bruce’s side would effectively make Pardew’s position untenable, Ashley, is famously impervious to supporter opinion.

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Exclusive: Sol Campbell on racist abuse he experienced in Hexham

Sol Campbell Credit: ITV

Former England footballer Sol Campbell has spoken publicly for the first time about being racially abused in Hexham. In an exclusive interview, the former Arsenal and Newcastle defender told ITV News Tyne Tees about a confrontation with a man who commented on the colour of his skin. The star, who now lives in Northumberland, says he has reported it to the police.

Pressure on Pardew as Newcastle sink to rock bottom

Pardew faces increasing pressure as his side has yet to win this season Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Newcastle United have sunk to the very bottom of the Premier League table after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Southampton.

The result piled even more pressure onto the manager, Alan Pardew, who signed an eight-year contract just under two years ago. He skipped the post-match press conference after the game at St Mary's.

Fans held up a banner reading 'Pardew Out' in the away section of the ground.

Families of MH17 victims to attend Sunderland game

John Alder and Liam Sweeney

Members of the families of Liam Sweeney and John Alder, the two Newcastle United fans tragically killed in the MH17 disaster, will attend Sunderland AFC’s game against Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as guests of the club.

Sunderland supporter Gary Ferguson set up a fund after hearing of the tragedy in order to raise £100 for a wreath in memory of Liam and his fellow supporter John and Sunderland fans took the cause to their hearts, with the fund currently standing at over £33,000.

The money raised is to be split between two North East charities, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle, in accordance with the wishes of the Sweeney and Alder families.

David Sweeney, grandfather of Liam, wanted to thank Sunderland fans for the support they have given him and his family and Mr Sweeney, accompanied by Liam’s parents and other family members will attend the Black Cats game against Spurs. Two members of John Alder’s family will also be present, along with Gary Ferguson.

Members of both families, along with Gary Ferguson, will take part in a pitchside photograph with SAFC Ambassador Jimmy Montgomery, who took part in recent commemorations for the two fans at St James’ Park.

Speaking about his forthcoming visit to the Stadium of Light, David Sweeney said: “The support from the Sunderland people and the money raised for the two charities has been simply magnificent. It is my wish that out of this tragic event that has happened in my life and that of my family, some good can come and if it helps to bring the two sets of fans closer together then that gives us some comfort.”

Sunderland AFC’s chief executive Margaret Byrne said: “This tragedy has touched the North East as a whole and we welcome the Sweeney and Alder families to the Stadium of Light and offer our support to them at this most difficult time.”

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