Newcastle United would like to thank the vast majority of supporters in attendance at St. James’ Park on Saturday evening for creating a fantastic atmosphere.
Unfortunately, despite restricting match ticket sales to existing members and reminding fans that visiting supporters were not permitted in home areas, a number of Liverpool fans did obtain and use tickets initially held by Newcastle United fans.
We can confirm that standard tickets were only sold by the club to existing Newcastle United members and no general admission tickets were sold to Liverpool supporters by Newcastle United beyond the visitors’ usual allocation.
As is policy for all matches, supporters of both home and away clubs are welcome in hospitality areas at St. James' Park. However, club colours are prohibited and guests supporting the visiting club are asked to behave appropriately or risk facing ejection.
The safety and security of all supporters is of paramount importance and club stewards, with the support of the police, did endeavour to eject any visiting fans from home and hospitality areas when outbreaks of disorder did regrettably occur.
We can confirm that 22 individuals were ejected from St. James’ Park on Saturday evening, with seven arrests made.
We will be reviewing supporter feedback and CCTV and we will be taking action against any supporter who sold or passed on tickets to Liverpool fans.
We remind supporters that selling or passing their tickets to other individuals is against ticket terms and conditions and may be a criminal offence.
While the stadium is monitored closely, any supporter who feels threatened or witnesses any instances of abuse or disorder at St. James' Park is encouraged to speak to their nearest steward or police officer.
Alternatively, supporters can text 'HELP' followed by their seat location and details of the incident to 60070.