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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.

Coloccini supports Gutierrez through testicular cancer treatment

Jonas Gutierrez Credit: PA

Newcastle United player Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he is having treatment after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in Argentina.

He has undergone chemotherapy after having surgery.

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

"In May 2013, I felt very tough pains on my testicle. After some wrong diagnosis, an ultrasound detected the tumour.

"I came here and I assumed the costs despite having a contract with Newcastle. Money is not important. What is important is my health. I had to start chemotherapy."

– Gutierrez speaking on Argentinian TV show Indirecto on TyC Sports

33-year-old Gutierrez, who has made 22 appearances for his country, has admitted several national colleagues, including close friend and Newcastle team-mate Fabricio Coloccini, have been a great help.

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

"Some guys like (Gabriel) Heinze gave me strength.

"After surgery, I told (Ezequiel) Lavezzi, (Martin) Demichelis and Coloccini, who is very close to me. We've played together at Newcastle for six years and he calls me. He is almost a member of my family. "I decided to reveal all this because I think this is a difficult moment, but there is nothing wrong with this. These things may help other people."

– Gutierrez speaking on Argentinian TV show Indirecto on TyC Sports

Gutierrez joined Newcastle from Mallorca in July 2008 and became a fans' favourite when he played a starring role in helping the club win the Championship in his second season in the North East.

However, he was largely unused by manager Alan Pardew last season and was allowed to join Norwich on loan for the second half of last season, where he made his last league appearance in the Canaries' 1-0 defeat to West Brom in April.

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Teammates and athletes support Gutierrez

Athletes and Newcastle United players have tweeted their support to Jonas Gutierrez after he revealed he is being treated for testicular cancer.

Gutierrez thanks fans for support

Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has tweeted to thank fans for their support after he revealed he's being treated for testicular cancer.

The 31-year-old had a testicle removed in Argentina and is now undergoing chemotherapy.

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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