FABRICIO Coloccini says Newcastle United fans had every right to jeer him and his team-mates at the final whistle at the King Power Stadium.
John Carver’s side suffered an eighth successive Premier League defeat on Saturday.
It hurts when you go over to the fans at the end and they are booing you. But we have to understand – and I do – that they are disappointed and they have spent a lot of money watching us.Fabricio Coloccini
Leicester City ran out convincing 3-0 winners thanks to two goals from Leonardo Ulloa and a strike from Wes Morgan.
Out-of-form Coloccini – who had another forgettable afternoon – and his colleagues went over to applaud the club’s 1,915-strong following at the final whistle.
But they were booed by angry supporters.
And United’s fans chanted “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” as they turned and headed towards the tunnel.
“It hurts when you go over to the fans at the end and they are booing you,” said Coloccini.
“But we have to understand – and I do – that they are disappointed and they have spent a lot of money watching us.
“Not just this week, but also other weeks, they have to come a long way.
“It’s not just this game where they have had to have that disappointment – it has been going on for quite a few games now.
“You have to go over there and say thank you – it’s important – but I guess they didn’t want to see us. We know we are not doing the right things.
“Of course we can understand the way the supporters are feeling right now, but we have to get our heads up and be strong.”
Coloccini suffered the pain of relegation in a difficult first season at Newcastle, but the 33-year-old found his feet in the Championship and helped the club return to the top flight at the first attempt.
And he does NOT want history to repeat itself.
“It has been difficult this season because there have been a lot of things going on that can affect the team,” he said.
“But we are in a position now where we can’t afford to think of anything other than the next game, not even this result, we have to put it behind us.
“We are not thinking about the manager and the future. We are just thinking about the present and we have to be better. We are looking for one win.
“Sometimes, you can have bad times, but it is not because you don’t care. We are trying everything to win.
“The most important thing here is the club and the supporters. We are playing for them, and we should be better than we are.
“Any player who wants to play in the Championship must be stupid. It would be crazy to think like that. Now, we all have to understand that our position is serious.
“It was angry in the dressing room. Everyone was angry at half-time – the players and the manager as well.
“You can’t accept those type of things.”