By Will Butcher
Alan Shearer has told former winger Tino Asprilla not to go out partying in Newcastle ahead of Sunday’s charity match.
Shearer will manage a Newcastle legends side that includes Colombian Asprilla, as well as goalkeeper Steve Harper, French left-back Olivier Bernard and the Toon’s Under-23’s manager Peter Beardsley.
Former Newcastle number nine Shearer jokingly responded to Asprilla on his personal Twitter account, reminding him that he has a “big game on Sunday.”
Shearer’s 18-man squad is set to face a Manchester select at Kingston Park Stadium, led by former Magpie and United midfielder Keith Gillespie.
The game is taking place to raise money for the Alan Shearer foundation, which directly supports the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle. They deal with residential and social provision for people with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments.
Asprilla, who also played for Parma and Brazilian giants Fluminese throughout his career, was a controversial figure at Newcastle; known for his partying antics and dramatic celebrations.
The winger moved to Tyneside in 1996 for £6.7million from Serie A outfit Parma, and went on to make 56 league and cup appearances for the Toon as well as scoring 16 goals during his two-year stay in the North East.
As well as 58 Colombia caps, Asprilla went on to play for eight other clubs after his time with Newcastle before retiring in 2004 aged 34.
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