Malaysia plane crash: Tributes to victims at NUFC game
- 22 July 2014
- From the section Tyne & Wear
Newcastle United paid tribute to the two fans who died in last week's plane crash in Ukraine, in their first match since the disaster.
John Alder and Liam Sweeney were travelling to watch Newcastle's tour of New Zealand when their flight crashed.
Manager Alan Pardew and captain Fabricio Coloccini laid wreaths on the seats the victims would have occupied in the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
The team held a minute's silence before going on to beat Sydney FC 4-0.
The tributes followed a memorial service held on Monday at Newcastle's St James' Park.
Mr Alder, 63, and Mr Sweeney, 28, were among 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down last Thursday.
Newcastle's pre-season tour of New Zealand will see them play teams from both Australia and New Zealand.