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Carver invites Newcastle fans for 'cup of tea' after touchline spat

Newcastle United boss John Carver has invited two supporters for 'a cup of tea' in his office after a heated exchange with fans during last weekend's 3-2 home defeat to Swansea City.

The 50-year-old found himself at the centre of allegations that he swore at fans during the match at St James' Park. However, Carver was adamant he did not use foul or abusive language and responded by arranging a meeting with two of them at the training ground on Friday.

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Carver 'understands' Pearson ostrich rant

Newcastle United boss John Carver says he 'can understand' why Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson launched into a bizarre rant towards a journalist during a press conference.

Speaking after his side's 3-1 Premier League defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night, Pearson took exception to being asked what criticism of his players throughout the course of the season had upset him.

The former Newcastle caretaker then said the journalist was "an ostrich" with his "head in the sand".

Carver, whose Newcastle team face Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday, said he "can understand why he [Pearson] loses his temper with journalists" and that criticism of Pearson is "unfair".

Protest at St James' Park

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Newcastle fans have held a protest at St James' Park during the Magpies home game against Swansea.

Many stood up in the 34th minute and some help up cards showing they want Mike Ashley out.

An earlier planned demonstration outside Sports Direct shops was less successful.

A handful gathered outside the store on Northumberland Street in Newcastle.

There were no shows at other planned protests including one in London and another opposite the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

Ashley protest a washout

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There was a small turn out to a protest organised by Newcastle United fans outside the Sports Direct store in Newcastle this lunch time.

The pressure group, Ashley Out, had called for peaceful demonstrations before today's match outside every Sports Direct store within a 20-mile radius of St. James' Park.

The chain of sports shops is owned by the football club's owner, Mike Ashley.

A handful gathered outside the store on Northumberland Street in the rain this afternoon. There were no shows at other shops.

Some fans are planning to boycott the match for the second week in a row, while others intend to stand up en masse for one minute during the game against Swansea.

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More protests against Ashley expected

A Newcastle United fans group has announced new plans to protest against the owner of the club, Mike Ashley.

This time they say they will target his business, as well as making a stand at the home match against Swansea on Saturday.

And head coach John Carver has admitted for the first time that the criticism from fans is getting to him. Lucy Taylor reports.

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