Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes explains Sunderland 'joke'

Bruno Guimaraes has explained the “private joke” he at the expense of Sunderland.

The midfielder posted a video of himself playing as Newcastle United against Sunderland on FIFA in September – and his team won 3-0. And Guimaraes has spoken about the post in the matchday programme for today’s home game against Chelsea.

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“It was cool,” said the Brazil international, who joined the club in from Olympique Lyonnais in January. “I was playing FIFA, and I wanted to have a laugh with the fans. I think that’s the great thing about football. If it was a Sunderland player doing the same, we have to accept it. Otherwise, football would be really boring. We have to have this humour between fans poking fun at each other – obviously with respect.

"I didn’t mean to put anyone from Sunderland down – it was just a bit of a private joke with Newcastle fans.”

Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.