Kieran Trippier explained he was “having a chat” with a Newcastle United fan after he was seen exchanging words with a spectator in the wake of his side’s 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Dominic Solanke scored a second-half brace to give the Cherries a shock win at the Vitality Stadium, lifting them out of the relegation zone in the Premier League table.
“I would not say it is a shock, Bournemouth are a good team,” the full-back told Premier League Productions. “You always respect the opposition and they played a good game today and we were not ourselves.
“We have to think about it over the international break and come back. Bournemouth had a good game plan and deserved to win the game.”
After the final whistle Trippier went over to the away section where the travelling Newcastle supporters were seated and had a heated exchange with fans, who had travelled 472 km for the game. But the England international, who had to be pulled away by teammate Joelinton, played down the interaction.
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“It was just one of those where they were emotional and they have travelled far – we were having a chat,” he explained.
“A message to the fans we apologise for this result and the lads are giving everything in the circumstances the lads are in.
“We are not panicking and we must stick together.
“The international break has come at the right time for the team and to have some down time and refresh then come back. After the break it will be relentless again.”