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Malaysia airlines flight MH17 crash: Newcastle player Haris Vuckic apologises for inappropriate selfie tweeted as he boarded a plane bound for New Zealand

Vuckic took the picture just days after Newcastle fans John Adler and Liam Sweeney were killed while making the same journey in the Malaysia Airways MH17 crash

A Premier League footballer has apologised for posting a selfie on Twitter showing him grinning as he flew to New Zealand.

Super fans John Adler, 63, and Liam Sweeney, 28, were killed while making the same journey on doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to see their beloved Newcastle United play in a pre-season tour.

Newcastle's Haris Vuckic posted a tweet, which was later deleted, showing him and defender Paul Dummett on board a plane, with the tag: "New Zealand!! Here we come!! PaulDummett preseason!! SleepTime"

After removing the message, the 21-year-old Slovenian tweeted: "My apologies if anyone was offended by my photo from the plane. No offence was intended. We are thinking of John and Liam. #RIP #NUFCfamily"

Meanwhile, supporters of Newcastle's bitterest rivals, Sunderland, have raised more than £2,500 for a floral tribute to the two fans.


The aim was to raise £100 for flowers and a message showing how fans can come together in tragedy, with any surplus going to charity.