Newcastle owners almost knocked over by speeding ‘drug dealer’

Newcastle's owners were nearly hit by a motorbike-riding 'drug dealer' outside Anfield ahead of the Magpies' 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday.

Amanda Staveley and husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi were reportedly inches away from harm when two balaclava-wearing men on a scrambler bike began speeding recklessly past fans outside the ground.

Fearing for their lives, dozens of terrified people – including children – leaped out of the vehicle's path, but not everyone was lucky enough to avoid getting hit.

The zooming bike reportedly smashed into and injured several people, resulting in one man being sent to the hospital, and leaving another struggling to breathe, according to witnesses.

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Speaking about the incident, Ghodoussi told the Daily Mail: "The bike flew right by us and could have hit us easily. It was a scary incident.

"Amanda was pretty shaken up but calmed down once we got inside the stadium," he added.

"Thankfully, it appears serious injuries were avoided. But it could have been far worse, the bike drove straight into the crowd."

Police officers eventually managed to knock the thugs over their bike before anyone else was hurt. The two men, one a suspected drug dealer thought to be caught up in a chase, were then arrested.

Merseyside Police confirmed no members of the public were seriously injured but one of the riders was treated for facial and shoulder injuries after being thrown off the bike.

Witnesses said the loud engine alerted fans to the nearing danger but the crowd was so tightly-packed they couldn't see it coming. One fan said it was incredible no one was killed.

As for the match itself, Newcastle's club-record signing Alexander Isak gave the visitors a shock early lead before Roberto Firmino levelled the score in the second half. The Reds then grabbed all three points in dramatic style with Fabio Carvalho netting a 98th-minute winner with the last kick of the game.


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