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Fans on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

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Two Newcastle United fans were among the 298 victims  on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. John Alder and Liam Sweeney were travelling to watch their team play in New Zealand.

Football Supporters’ Federation affiliate reports: “Both were well known to away followers, particularly John, whose usual matchday attire led to the affectionate nickname of ‘The Undertaker’. “

Both fans were obviously hugely committed to make such a journey – flying across the world to back their team. The FSF’s thoughts are with the families and friends of both, and all the other victims of this tragedy.



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