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.