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SNAPPED: Newcastle defender Clark sent off for thumping Al-Ittihad opponent - before pair make up

Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark was sent off for thumping his Al-Ittihad opponent in yesterday's friendly - though the pair were later sharing a joke.

The defender was shown a straight red after lashing out at Al-Ittihad striker Abdo Hamdallah, who was also shown his marching order following the “tangle".

Toon won 2-1 thanks to goals from Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser before they fly back to Tyneside on Saturday.

Magpies boss Eddie Howe had earlier said that the training camp in Jeddah had been a resounding success with the squad bonding in the Saudi desert and meeting with the new owners.

The Republic of Ireland defender was all smiles at the end as he was pictured beaming alongside Hamdallah.

And Howe said: “There is no need for the red card. The referee could have dealt with it in a different way, but by the book, it's probably the right decision."


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