Newcastle United paid special tributes to Ghanana international Christian Atsu during their game against Liverpool on Saturday, February 18 Atsu’s wife, Marie-Claire Rupio, and their two sons were present at St. James’ Park to witness the occasion The wife broke down in tears as the entire stadium including Liverpool’s players and fans gave Atsu a standing ovation
It was a sombre atmosphere as Newcastle United honoured Christian Atsu during their English Premier League (EPL) game on Saturday, February 18, 2023. The body of Atsu, a victim of the Turkey earthquake, was found under the rubble and retrieved on Saturday, February 18, 2023, exactly 12 days after he was trapped.
Newcastle, one of the four EPL teams Atsu played for, locked horns with Liverpool at St. James Park, hours after the player was confirmed dead.
To celebrate the life of their former player, Newcastle observed a minute silence which turned into a standing ovation from the fans.
Atsu’s wife and children were present in stadium
The moment was witnessed by Christian Atsu’s wife, Marie-Claire Rupio, and their two sons who donned Newcastle jerseys. In a video which has been sighted on the Instagram blog, @sweet_maame_adwoa, Claire Rupio were seen sitting during the special moment.
Atsu’s wife breaks down in tears
While their first son join in the applause in his father’s memory, the moment overwhelmed the now-widowed wife. She broke down in tears and was visibly shaken as she observed the happenings of the day.