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Figures Reveal Most Arrested After Sunderland Match Hadn’t Been To The Game

8 years ago
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The events following last Sunday’s derby defeat put Newcastle United and the city of Newcastle in the spotlight, lumped in with the likes of Millwall as people worldwide saw images/footage of people smashing up their own city and creating mayhem.

After seeing the people involved, many match going fans were quick to claim that the vast majority taking part in the trouble hadn’t even been at the match and as happens each season, were part of a large group who hang around the city centre and have a go at the police after derby matches.

Today the Sunday Sun have revealed that in figures released to them, of the twenty nine people arrested after last weekend’s derby disorder only six had either an NUFC membership or season ticket.

No tickets went on general sale with members buying up the few remaining tickets, so the indications are that the vast majority of those arrested weren’t at the derby match, unless the odd one had a ticket bought for them by somebody else.

While clearly some Newcastle fans were involved in the events after the match, this information backs up the opinion that what happened on the streets of Newcastle was at least, if not more, about a number of locals taking the opportunity to take part in social disorder in what they believed was the safety/anonymity of a large crowd – rather than a simple case of football violence.

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