Two Newcastle United fans have lost their lives on board the MH17 flight that was shot down over Ukraine last night.

John Alder and Liam Sweeney were making their way to New Zealand to watch two of Newcastle’s pre-season games.

The plane was travelling over Ukraine airspace when it was shot down by a ground-to-air missile. There were no survivors on board the flight.

The pair were well known to their fellow fans and both were at the Oldham game three days ago. Alder was particularly popular, earning the nickname “The Undertaker”, thanks to his match day attire.

RIP John and Liam. No fan should lose their lives following the team they love. Our most sincere condolences go to your families at this time.

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