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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Minute's silence impeccably observed at St James' Park

Barry Sweeney embraces Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany Credit: PA

A minute's silence was impeccably observed at St James' Park as Newcastle United paid tribute to Liam Sweeney and John Alder.

The families of both men were invited onto the pitch to lay wreaths alongside former Sunderland goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery and both team captains.

Fans from both sides had banners in tribute to the supporters and on 17 minutes the ground erupted into spontaneous applause as a symbolic gesture to mark the fact that they were on board flight MH17

Families of Liam Sweeney and John Alder stand next to Fabricio Collocini and Vincent Kompany during the silence Credit: PA

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