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Newcastle fans support Sunderland fan Bradley

A Newcastle United fan page is supporting terminally ill Bradley Lowery who is a Sunderland fan.

The page organiser, Samantha Rees, says 'rivalry does not come into' it and she'd like to see fans clap in the 5th minute of the upcoming game to support Bradley.

Bradley Lowery Credit: Newcastle United FC Fans

"When I saw the news about Bradley yesterday I was moved to tears. Such a young and beautiful boy. This page has been campaigning for 5th minute applause and singing his name. I'm a parent myself and hope that Bradley's family will take some comfort that we are all thinking of them. Football rivalry doesn't even come into it."

– Samantha Rees


Alan Shearer commends victims of football abuse after picking up CBE

Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer commended the bravery of footballers who have spoken out about historical sex abuse as he was honoured for his charity work.

Alan Shearer receiving his CBE from Prince William. Credit: PA

The Premier League's all-time top scorer, who is an ambassador for the NSPCC, said he was "saddened" to hear of further allegations as the scandal continues to engulf the sport.

Shearer, who scored 30 goals in 63 appearances for the Three Lions, spoke as he was made a CBE by the Duke of Cambridge during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Asked about the current mood in the world of football, the 46-year-old said:

We feel very sorry for what's happened to the guys and commend their bravery for coming forward, which hopefully will help others come forward as well.

It hasn't been a great period for football - but we have to commend the guys' bravery.

– Alan Shearer, former Newcastle United striker

Alan Shearer to get CBE from Prince William

Alan Shearer is to get a CBE today Credit: PA

Former Newcastle and England striker Alan Shearer is to be honoured for his charity work.

The Premier League's all-time top scorer is to be made a CBE by FA president the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

Shearer was given the award in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June for his charitable services to the community in the North East.

Newcastle United's assistant coach leaves club

Newcastle United have confirmed that assistant coach Ian Cathro will be leaving the club to become head coach at Scottish Premiership side Hearts.

Cathro arrived at St. James’ Park from Valencia in the summer of 2015.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez said:

I would like to wish Ian the very best success with his first head coach role. When a coach has the opportunity and the desire to progress his career in management, it is always very important to allow them the freedom to move on and develop themselves.

We all send Ian our good luck for his future and thank him for his good work for Newcastle United. We will not be appointing a replacement to Ian in the immediate future. We will take some time now to decide what is best for us, our team, coaching staff and the club."

– Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez


Former Newcastle player Derek Bell on 'horrendous' sexual abuse

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Former Newcastle United player Derek Bell is the latest footballer to waive anonymity to talk about alleged sexual abuse. He spoke to The Guardian newspaper and described it as 'unbelievable heartache'

Eleven police forces are now looking into allegations of historical child sex abuse in football. There have been 250 reports made to police and more than 50 calls were made to an NSPCC hotline set up for sexual abuse victims in football in the initial hours of opening.

More than 20 former players have now spoken out.

The FA commissioned the "dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry" which can be contacted at all hours on 0800 023 2642.

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