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Police Force Sunderland To Play Second Fiddle To Newcastle

9 years ago
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The police have belatedly forced Sunderland to move their cup clash with Southampton after they originally scheduled it to take place on the same night as Newcastle’s match with Manchester City on Wednesday 30th October.

Sunderland always play their home cup games on Tuesday nights but with the derby match on Sunday 27th October, the mackems obviously wanted an extra 24 hours recovery time.

This was never going to go down well with the local constabulary, asked to police two matches on the same night, and predictably they have read the riot act to Sunderland who have been forced to climb down.

A Sunderland spokesman;

‘Strenuous representations were made by Northumbria Police to the Football League, in relation to concerns around public safety in the wider region due to the game’s close proximity to the Wear-Tyne derby and Newcastle’s fixture scheduled on the same evening.

The Football League has requested that Sunderland’s game is moved to the following week.

We have agreed with great reluctance to move the game.’

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