Mehrdad Ghodoussi issues heartfelt message after Newcastle United criticism v Chelsea

Newcastle United fans chastised Mehrdad Ghodoussi for his comments following Saturday’s victory against Chelsea.

Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi has issued an emotional statement in response to his supporters’ criticism of his comments following Saturday’s 4-1 triumph against Chelsea.

Ghodoussi urged supporters “to be louder” and be the “12th man”. Fellow co-owner Jamie Reuben also replied: “What a team and yes we need to match the intensity of the players with our support”.

The pair’s contact enraged some Magpies fans, with many referring to ticketing concerns and the delay in getting into the stadium on social media.

And Ghodoussi has addressed the backlash on X, formerly known as Twitter.

He tweeted: “Often, our intentions and words don’t align perfectly. I believe most of you know how deeply I’m committed to this club; my heart beats in black and white, and my love for the club and all of you is unwavering.

“Let’s keep our fingers crossed for tonight, we stand united. Here’s to us and our journey together. Howay the Lads #NUFC”

Given the negativity created, Amanda Staveley appeared to try and defuse the situation by issuing her own take via her official Instagram account.
Staveley wrote: “What an amazing game! So proud of the whole team who worked so hard today. The atmosphere was amazing and we are so lucky to know our ‘twelfth man’ is always our fans.”

Magpies’ boss Eddie Howe was also asked about Ghodoussi and Reuben’s comments when he spoke to the media ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League versus Paris Saint-Germain.

Howe said: “I think the supporters have been incredible home and away. The Chelsea game, when we scored the goals, was as good as it has been.

“The owners are always thinking of the club and the team. Since I have come through the door they have been as magnificent as the team. Together we are a strong team.”

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