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Ultra-fanatic supporters nothing new to Achraf.

ACHRAF Lazaar is no stranger to living in a city dependent on the success of its football team.

For three seasons he plied his trade with Newcastle United's former UEFA Cup opponents Palermo on the island of Sicily, where there can be no hiding place if the team gets a bad result.

Lazaar now finds himself adjusting to a different city and different set of fans in Newcastle, but his experiences at Palermo won't do him

any harm as he begins the next chapter of his career.

Lazaar said: "Palermo have a big fan base and they are very much behind the team too.

"If you don't win, the fans don't like you, if you win, they love you.

"The fans come to the training ground everyday. They stay near the team.

"As I say, when you win you are a prince of the city, if you lose, it's hard.

"Winning in the city is very important to the fans."

And Lazaar's rapport with the club's 'Ultras' was also underlined when Palermo's hardcore fans said goodbye to him at the club's training ground before he left to sign for Newcastle.

one of the important England, in seven in the That's why here Lazaar He said: "They have the Ultras in Palermo. "They thanked me for everything I had done for the club before I came to Newcastle and I thanked them for all their support.

"The fans were brilliant with me and supported me for three years."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2016
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