Newcastle claimed a 1–0 victory in their friendly against USL (the third division in the U.S.) club Sacramento Republic thanks to an own goal. They also provided a sideshow to the nearby California State Fair in the process.
French defender Massadio Haidara was shown a straight red in the 65th minute for a flying kick into a Sacramento player’s ribs. And it’s probably not a good sign that Steve McClaren is already throwing water bottles.
This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.