Newcastle United investigate after several under-23 players were involved in BRAWL bar with friends of academy manager Steve Harper’s son – some with facial injuries
- Several Newcastle Under-23 players were involved in a brawl in the bar
- They clashed with friends of academy manager Steve Harper’s son, James
- Some of those involved in the brawl suffered facial injuries
- James was not one of the aggressors and took care of some of the injured parties
- It is thought that Charlie Wiggett was one of those with a facial injury
Newcastle United are investigating after several players under 23 were involved in a bar brawl with the friends of academy manager Steve Harper’s son, in which some of them suffered facial injuries.
Trouble flared up on a team night out in the city center last week when punches were exchanged between players and another group of revelers, including Steve’s son James Harper.
We understand that James was not one of the aggressors and ended up taking care of some of the aggrieved parties. Summer’s signing Charlie Wiggett, formerly of Chelsea, is thought to have been one of those with a facial injury.
Newcastle United are investigating after several under-23 players were involved in a brawl in the bar with the 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 brawl, which took place after the players rented a table at Tup Tup Palace, a club synonymous with reality TV show Geordie. Shore.
The former Magpies goalkeeper spoke to those involved but has since stepped down due to an apparent conflict of interest, given the presence of his son and the fact that he knows the lads his own players have been dating. Formal disciplinary action will be taken against multiple players.
As a source said: ‘Only at Newcastle United can this happen. There was some bad blood between one of the players and one of James’ friends. They already knew each other.
James Harper, son of academy manager Steve Harper (pictured) was not one of the aggressors and ended up taking care of some of the aggrieved parties
“One player was gobby and then it got ugly. Another player steamed in and hurt a boy. But how stupid can you be to argue with the friends of the academy manager’s son?
“Steve has a big job to clean up that place, it’s been a mess for years.”
Harper, who performed 199 times in 20 seasons at St James’ Park, took over as head of the academy earlier this year when Joe Joyce left.
Sportsmail then revealed that Joyce had resigned after his wife raised a dispute with the club over the treatment of their son, Sam, a former youth team player.
It is thought that Charlie Wiggett, who was signed in the summer, was one of those who suffered a facial injury
Ms Joyce filed a complaint against Newcastle after sustaining an injury while Sam was playing for the club. She also raised an issue about her son’s academic education while he was at the academy.
Harper left Steve Bruce’s first-team staff to take the academy position and while sources say he’s been a positive influence, he’s gotten off to a rough start.
The Under-23s currently have no manager after Chris Hogg joined MK Dons as assistant boss last month and Gary Caldwell, who was appointed on an interim basis, spent just three weeks in the role.
It is thought Newcastle will now hold a trial period during which coaches have the chance to impress while training with academy players.