Newcastle starlet Campbell in spitting claim

TWEET ... Adam Campbell.
TWEET ... Adam Campbell.

ADAM Campbell claimed he was spat at by an Empoli player as Newcastle United bowed out of the Viareggio Cup in Italy.

Newcastle beat the Italian side 3-2 on Saturday thanks to goals from Brandon Miele, Jonathyn Quinn and Macauley Booth.

But the club was denied a place in the knockout stages by goal difference.

Striker Campbell – who flew out late to the tournament and missed the first game against AC Milan – claimed he had been spat at on social networking site Twitter.

The 17-year-old tweeted: “Can’t believe someone from Empoli U20s actually spat in my face after the game today, never been so angry in my life”

AC Milan – who beat Newcastle 2-1 last Tuesday – topped the Group 9 with seven points, and United came second after beating a representative Congo team and Empoli.

But they narrowly failed to progress in the tournament, staged near Pisa, as one of the four best runners-up.