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Newcastle investigate claims of brawl between U23 players and friends of ex-keeper Harper

Newcastle United have launched an investigation after a number of their U23 players were involved in a bar brawl.

It's claimed they clashed with friends of academy manager and former first-team goalkeeper Steve Harper's son, James.

The incident is thought to have occurred in the city centre last week, when the clash turned physical and punches were exchanged between the players and a separate group, one that included James Harper.

It is thought that James was not one of the aggressors of the clash and actually helped tend to those who had been hurt, including one who sustained a facial injury.

Though the police were not called to the scene, Newcastle opted to launch an immediate investigation into what happened once Harper had caught wind of the fight, which occurred after the players had hired a table at Tup Tup Palace - a nightclub best known for its ties to with reality TV show Geordie Shore.

A source told the Daily Mail: "Only at Newcastle United could this happen. There was some bad blood between one of the players and one of James' friends. They already knew each other.

"A player was being gobby and it then turned ugly. Another player steamed in and has hurt a lad. But how stupid can you be, getting into a fight with the friends of the academy manager's son?

"Steve has a big job on his hands sorting that place out, it's been a mess for years."

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