Alan Pardew "shocked" by the death of two fans in Malaysian Airlines crash

Alan Pardew manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KC Stadium on March 1, 2014
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Alan Pardew expresses his shock after two Newcastle United fans are named among the 298 people who died in the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has expressed his sadness following the deaths of two supporters who passed away in the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine.

John Alder and Liam Sweeney were two of 298 people on board flight MH17 when it crashed to the ground in Eastern Ukraine on Thursday afternoon.

The pair, who were lifelong Newcastle fans, were flying out to New Zealand to watch the Magpies play in their upcoming pre-season tour.

"Myself and all the players are deeply shocked and saddened by this terrible news," Pardew told the club's official website. "We all knew how passionately John and Liam supported the team and the club.

"They were with us just earlier this week for our first pre-season friendly against Oldham and their dedication to travel all the way around the world to support us in New Zealand tells you all you need to know about the passion they had for Newcastle United. Our hearts go out to their families and friends."

Pardew and his players will wear black armbands as a sign of respect for the pair during their friendlies against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix.

A general view shows the pitch and stands inside of St James' Park the home of English Premier League football team Newcastle United taken on December 3, 2011
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