Not One Of Newcastle Fans Sentenced For Derby Trouble Had Been At Match
The events surrounding the derby match back in April at St.James’ Park will continue to hang over the club for some time to come.
We are now in a period where those involved are now appearing in court to be sentenced for their actions six months ago.
Yesterday (Thursday), seven of those involved in disturbances on the day have been sentenced and not one of them had been to the match. This is not to diminish what happened on the day but points to it being much more of a public disorder/society problem, rather than a football problem.
The seven in court yesterday were told by Judge James Goss QC that deterrent sentences must be passed and they received various lengths of time inside, with 18 months at the top end.
The judge commented;
“Apart from obvious fear created and risk of injury, this was a major disturbance in the centre of the city on a Sunday afternoon.
Those who joined in chose to become part of it. None of those sentenced today actually attended the match but each came to the area knowing the match was being played.
Missile were thrown repeatedly at the Sunderland fans and police, fortunately though only minor injuries were sustained by a small number of people.
While a limited amount of damage was caused, it was nevertheless a serious and notorious incident which caused considerable fear.”
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