Mehrdad Ghodoussi issues heartfelt message after Newcastle United criticism v Chelsea

Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Mehrdad Ghodoussi was criticised by Newcastle United supporters for his comments after Saturday's win over Chelsea.

Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi has issued a heartfelt message after attracting criticism from his supporters for his comments after the 4-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday.

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".

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The pair's interaction angered sections of the Magpies' fanbase, with a number of users on social pointing towards the ticketing issues and the delay in getting into the stadium.

Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) | Getty Images

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"

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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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