Newcastle United fans killed on flight MH17

Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder were killed in a Malaysia Airline plane crash over Ukraine. They were on their way to support their team.

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Newcastle to hold a minute's silence in memory of MH17 victims

Newcastle will pay tribute to two supporters killed on flight MH17 Credit: PA

There will be a minute's silence ahead of Newcastle's first Premier League game this season in honour of two fans who died on board flight MH17.

John Alder, 63, and Liam Sweeney, 28, were on the Malaysia Airlines flight to watch their heroes play two friendly games in New Zealand.

Tributes will be paid on Sunday August 17 at St James' Park before their match against Manchester City.

Captains Fabricio Coloccini and Vincent Kompany will lay wreaths at the centre circle before kick-off, accompanied by representatives from John and Liam's families.

Sunderland, whose fans showed their empathy with Newcastle despite their local rivalry by raising £33,000 for local good causes in memory of the men, will be represented by their ex-player Jimmy Montgomery.

A minute's silence will then be observed once both teams have entered the field.

The club will create a memorial garden and a community award in their memory as well.

Manchester City supporters will unveil a banner paying tribute to the two Newcastle fans.

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