Well I never, some three weeks after the Sunderland v Newcastle game the fall out continues.
I penned an article for this website after sitting in the Sunderland end, having failed to get one for the away section.
That piece prompted Northumbria Police to get in touch via The Mag, as I had raised concerns about what I had perceived as policing problems on the day of the derby.
This then led to an invitation to meet the man who was in charge of the police operation for the derby, to help clarify and explain what had happened on the matchday.
As I wrote about on The Mag (read it HERE), I had a very amiable meeting with Chief Inspector Steve Neill at my house and that I thought was that.
However, information reached me that SAFC were investigating the Sunderland fan who got me the ticket, threatening him with both Police action and the removal of his ticket.
Apparently, the ticket we pictured on this website had a reference number of some sort visible, I had blocked out the other details.
I immediately spoke to Chief Inspector Steve Neill who promptly informed me they had no interest in this issue, so that left only one party – SAFC.
Obviously I would not like the fan to lose his ticket, so I contacted SAFC to explain it all, absolving the Sunderland fan of all blame and taking full responsibility for my actions.
I also asked why SAFC will happily sell corporate tickets to Newcastle fans, but not general tickets, which in my opinion is total hypocrisy.
I waited for a reply from SAFC as they promise to respond within 7 days, and nothing came, I then sent a further email about the matter, adding a comment about the ‘lack of courtesy’ by not replying!
To that end, I finally received the most hostile of replies from Paul Weir who has the job title ‘Safety Manager; at the Stadium of light.
Paul’s response was as I said, openly hostile, and he has also reported my actions to his Newcastle United counterpart, no doubt with the intention for NUFC to take action against me and possibly confiscate my Platinum Club season ticket.
Also, Paul Weir would not comment on any SAFC ticketing policy…may I respectfully suggest he takes a look at Stubhub or Ticketbis websites where fans of Sunderland sell tickets to all and sundry to the highest bidder for Derby games.
I therefore now look forward to any contact I have with NUFC as well, as I will vigorously defend my rights to attend any football match no matter what team I support, should they decide to act on the hostile email from SAFC.
One or two of my mates have asked me if all the hassle is worth it, my reply is that it sure is!
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