Newcastle to investigate racist chants aimed at their players during Den Haag friendly
20:56 GMT, 4 August 2012
Newcastle have confirmed they are pursuing alleged racist chants against their players in the goalless draw at Den Haag.
Alan Pardew's men continued their pre-season preparations at the Kyocera Stadium, where Shola Ameobi had a goal disallowed for offside.
But the occasion was reportedly marred by racist chanting from some sections of the home crowd.
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A Newcastle spokesman confirmed in a statement they will be addressing the issue with the Eredivisie outfit but will be doing so privately.
It read: 'In relation to alleged racist chants reported during Newcastle United's friendly against Den Haag today, the club will be raising the matter with officials at Den Haag and the issue will be dealt with privately.'
Helsingborgs 2 Sunderland 0: Black Cats poor pre-season continues in Sweden
17:57 GMT, 4 August 2012
Sunderland's disappointing pre-season continued as they followed up their pre-season defeat to Hartlepool with a defeat to Helsingborgs in Sweden.
After a goalless first half the hosts took the lead after Alfreo Finnbogason's strike hit the post then rebounded off goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and into the net.
The lead was doubled after 73 minutes when a low strike eight yards out by May Mahlangu went under the Belgian.
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North-east rivals Newcastle faired better as they drew 0-0 with Dutch side ADO Den Haag.
Gabriel Obertan was unlucky not to find the net with a dipping volley after 24 minutes which was well saved by home stopper Gino Coutinho, while Shola Ameobi had a goal ruled out for offside after 79 minutes.