When the Euros temporarily came to a halt, the people of Tyneside (and beyond) were given another European issue to contemplate.

To Leave or to Remain, that was the question.

So now we are all going to be out of ‘Europe’ – well no change for Sunderland there…

On a more serious note, much of the leave campaign appeared to be based around a fear, bordering on hatred in some cases, of foreigners.

Is that what we have come to?

A majority of people in the north east voted for leave (although Newcastle was the only part of the north east to very marginally (51/49) vote for remain) and you do have to hope that unlike many other parts of the country, this was mainly based on a protest vote against the government and the state of politics in this country in general, rather than an irrational fear of foreigners.

Newcastle Upon Tyne and the wider north east has always been famed for its friendly welcome to visitors, nowhere more so than at our football club, with some of the best players many of us have seen, being from ‘other places’.

Imagine if Sunderland fans had memories to treasure forever of Tino’s hat-trick against Barcelona, Philippe Albert’s chip over Schmeichel, David Ginola in those first four months…

Plus of course, it hopefully hasn’t escaped anybody’s attention that we have one of these dodgy blokes from the European Union in our managerial hotseat.

Hopefully football can always transcend politics (although the World Cup in Russia is currently looking a bit of a stretch…) and it can be something that always brings people together, rather than something to divide.

In Rafa we trust.