- Several Newcastle Under-23 players involved in bar-room brawl
- They clash with friends of James, the son of Academy manager Steve Harper.
- Some of the people involved in the controversy have suffered injuries on their faces.
- James was not one of the attackers and looked after some of the wounded.
- It is believed that Charlie Wiggett was one of the survivors of the facial injury.
Newcastle United are investigating how several under-23 players were involved in a bar-room brawl with friends of the son of academy manager Steve Harper, some of whom suffered facial injuries.
Trouble escalated during a team night out in the city center last week when punches were traded between players and another group of revelers, including Steve’s son James Harper.
We understand that James was not one of the attackers and that he turned to some of the injured parties. It is believed that in the summer Charlie Wiggett, formerly of Chelsea, was left with a facial injury.
Newcastle United are investigating whether several under-23 players were involved in a bar-room brawl with friends of academy manager Steve Harper’s son.
Police were not called, but Newcastle immediately launched an investigation when Harper was made aware of the fight, which occurred when the players rented a table at Tup Tup Palace, which is synonymous with the reality TV show Geordie Shore. had become.
The former Magpies goalkeeper spoke to those involved, but has since held back due to conflicts of interest, both because of the presence of his son and the fact that he knows the boys his own players were scraping with. Formal disciplinary action is being taken against several players.
As one source put it: ‘This can only happen at Newcastle United. There was some bad blood between one of the players and one of James’ friends. They already knew each other.
James Harper, the son of Academy manager Steve Harper (pictured), was not one of the attackers and was leading some of the injured parties
‘A player was talking nonsense and then he got ugly. Another player created a ruckus and hurt a boy. But how foolish can you be to get into a fight with the friends of the academy manager’s son?
‘Steve has a big job on hand to sort out that space, it’s been a mess for years.’
Harper, who made 199 appearances over 20 seasons at St. James’s Park, took over as academy chief earlier this year when Joe Joyce left.
SportsMail then revealed that Joyce was raised after his wife courted a dispute with the club over the treatment of their son, Sam, a former youth-team player.
It is believed that the signing of Charlie Widgett was one of the survivors of a facial injury over the summer.
Mrs Joyce complained against Newcastle, with the injury reoccurring when Sam was playing for the club. She also raised an issue over her son’s academic education while at the academy.
Harper left Steve Bruce’s first team staff to take an academy position and while sources say he has made a positive impact, he has faced a troubled start.
The Under-23s are currently without a manager after Chris Hogg joined MK Dons as assistant boss last month and appointed Gary Caldwell on an interim basis, then spent just three weeks in the role.
It is believed that Newcastle will now hold a trial period where coaches will have a chance to impress during a training session with players from the academy.