Newcastle ’s stoppage time winner against Chelsea had the Geordie faithful in raptures at St James Park – but one fan will always remember the moment for one very painful reason.
The Magpies stole the three points from Frank Lampard ’s men after being dominated in all areas for the majority of Saturday evening’s game.
Despite having 70 per cent possession and 19 shots on target, Chelsea could not find the back of the net and it was Isaac Hayden who scored the only goal of the game for the home side in the 94th minute.
But as the Newcastle players ran off to the Gallowgate to celebrate, defender Matt Ritchie made a balls-up of the celebrations – literally.
As Hayden raced towards the stands after heading in Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross, Ritchie can be seen launching the corner flag into the crowd.
However, one supporter was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it clattered into his groin.
In a brilliant clip on social media, the fan in question can be seen composing himself on the concourse as his pals laugh.
Ritchie has been known to kick the corner flag to celebrate before but surely his intentions have never been to hit that kind of target.
Matt Ritchie kicked the corner flag into the Newcastle fans after the late winner
A Newcastle fan was the subject of a painful blow after Newcastle’s late winner against Chelsea
The Scot was only on the pitch after an early injury to Jetro Williams, but his presence will be remembered for a hilarious incident.
The 30-year-old has been out injured for most of the season and only made his return as a substitute in the FA Cup third round draw at Rochdale.
Newcastle have since apologised for the flag incident with a tweet on their official Twitter account.
It read: “Apologies from Matt Ritchie… and the corner flag”.
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