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Sunderland Fan Banned For 3 Years After Incident At Newcastle Match

9 years ago

This season has seen a growing number of instances where flares/fireworks and smoke bombs have been used by both home and away fans at St.James’ Park.

European home matches in particular have led to Newcastle fans setting off flares in the home sections.

Both Manchester teams had fans with flares in the away section when we played them, with flares been thrown by them into the Newcastle sections of the crowd.

At the recent derby match a number of flares and smoke bombs were thrown by Sunderland fans into home areas and in one instance a disabled supporter suffered burns.

One mackem hasn’t been quite so lucky though and 24 year old Daniel Purvis from Jarrow has been handed a three year banning order preventing him going to any Sunderland or England match.

Purvis was spotted waving a large red firework/flare during the derby match before throwing it to the floor.

The Sunderland fan was warned he would be arrested if seen near a football ground on match days and was fined £238 after pleading guilty to possession of a flare/firework in a designated sports ground.

District Judge Stephen Earl told him;

“Now you’ll have to watch them at the pub or at home.”

I have a feeling he won’t be the last fan to end up with a banning order for possessing flares at St.James’ Park.

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