Shearer Cannot Take Savage Seriously

Last updated : 06 January 2020 By Footy Mad - Editor

Robbie Savage has hit back at Newcastle fans over an obscene chant.

Savage was on co-commentary duties for the FA Cup third round tie between Newcastle and Rochdale at Rochdale's Spotland ground, and the gantry was situated among the packed out away end.

The former Leicester City player responded to chants from Newcastle United supporters that led to BT Sports apologising live on air.

Newcastle fans chanted 'Robbie Savage is a w*****' and that he was scared of Alan Shearer in songs that were audible to TV viewers and led to commentator Peter Drury apologising live on air.

Savage did not respond on air but took to 5Live on Sunday in a lengthy response in which he branded Newcastle fans a "disgrace" and "embarrassing".

After a United fan called into 606, he said: "I was working on Saturday and the commentary gantry was right above the Newcastle fans, right amongst 3,000 of them. And in commentary I said 'What a great turnout from Newcastle fans, passionately supporting their team - signing away'. And then I was obviously spotted.

"I was trending on Twitter for the obscenities that the Newcastle fans were singing about me which I took in good faith and I was smiling about. But put yourself in that situation. If I was a Newcastle fan I'd be embarrassed. To sing the obscenity at a commentator when he's doing his job.

"You imagine in your workplace, you've got X amount of people turning around pointing camera phones in your face and waiting for you to respond and you're trying to do your job. I thought they were a disgrace, the Newcastle fans.

"Look, at the end of the day I was laughing. I had to laugh. But at the end of the game players were coming over to applaud the fans, a lot of Newcastle fans in the front row were giving gestures to their players to go away when all they were doing was coming over to acknowledge them.

"Listen, Newcastle fans are brilliant but try venting your frustration on the team."

Savage said Shearer had sent him a message about the chants, joking that he'd been responsible for them.

"I heard Newcastle fans hammering Joelinton. What's that going to do for his confidence?", he added.

"It's pathetic. Newcastle fans who were there singing, it was absolutely pathetic. Alan Shearer said to me today - he put a laughing face emoji and said 'I was the one who started the chants'.