Newcastle United fans showed their support for Bruno Guimaraes following his fiery response on social media in midweek.
The Brazilian was involved in a Twitter ‘spat’ earlier in the week when he angrily responded to a post from @NUFC360 on Twitter when the 135k-followers account asked “is it too early in the season to start focusing blame onto individual players? Was there an overreaction to the loss to Man City?”
Guimaraes was pictured in the tweet, alongside fellow Brazil international and close friend Joelinton, as well as Dan Burn and Miguel Almiron. He reacted, using the term “short, stupid memories” but quickly deleted his post before unfollowing a number of Newcastle fan account. NUFC360 later apologised.
The post has certainly sparked debate, however, with a number of other prominent NUFC social media accounts coming out in favour of Bruno and his teammates.
Wor Flags were one, and the group showed their support for the 25-year-old inside St James’ Park in the build-up to kick off against Liverpool with a banner reading “vamos Bruno”.
“I’m certainly not going to criticise the supporters here,” Eddie Howe said on Friday. “I think it’s more a lesson for us. I choose not to be on social media for that exact reason, because I want a clear thought process.
“I don’t want to pollute my thoughts with things that I read and avoid certain situations, so I take myself out of that environment. The players can choose to be on it, that’s absolutely fine because that’s their individual choice, but I think it’s important that we don’t overly react emotionally to certain things.
“Now, Bruno is a very emotional person and, I think you’ve seen on the pitch, it’s so positive for us, that emotion. He uses it brilliantly, he has used it brilliantly to not just perform well, but build a feeling with the supporters because I think the supporters see how much it means to him.
“It’s all positive in terms of that feeling that Bruno has, but this is just maybe a little lesson for him.”