This is a conversation Steve Bruce will NOT have with Matt Ritchie

There was joy. And then came the pain.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 11:45 am

Keith Robinson’s celebration of Isaac Hayden’s 94th-minute in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea was cut short – after a jubilant Matt Ritchie booted the corner flag in his direction.

The uprooted flag struck the Newcastle United fan’s groin – and a clip of him bent over in agony as others celebrated around him went viral. Robinson, however, took it well, though he was “slightly tender” the following day.

“It was slightly tender (on Sunday), but I’m absolutely fine,” said Robinson. “There’s been a twitter apology from Ritchie and the club, but, yeah, there’s just been a lot of hilarity over the course of the weekend – you get no sympathy from the lads.”

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