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6 April 2013, 08:04
Newcastle United say they'll help with any investigation into reports a young supporter was hit with a police baton after their Europa League tie in Benfica.
They're urging the father of the boy to come forward and make a complaint to Northumbria Police, which they can then pass on to their Portuguese colleagues.
It's believed the fan was hit by an officer after their quarter-final first leg defeat on Thursday night.
In a statement a club spokesperson says:
"The Club were made aware last night (Thursday) by fans leaving the Estádio da Luz of reports that a young Newcastle United fan had been struck by a police baton during the holdback after the game.
Whilst Club stewards and officials were inside the ground, none witnessed the alleged incident.
Club officials made Northumbria Police, who were working with local police, aware of the reported incident last night.
The Club would strongly encourage the father of the young fan to make a formal complaint to the Portuguese police - which can be done via Northumbria Police - so that the incident may be investigated.
Newcastle United will assist with any investigation."