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Police appeal to fans for help after trouble at Sunderland v Newcastle United match

4 years ago

The fallout from the Sunderland v Newcastle reserve match continues.

Northumbria Police asking for the help of supporters in identifying who was responsible for the ‘damage and disorder’ at the game.

They have also appealed to those who were involved to hand themselves in.

Northumbria Police appeal:

‘Police investigation following disorder at Sunderland v Newcastle U23 match

Police are carrying out an investigating into the damage and disorder caused during the Sunderland versus Newcastle U23 fixture which took place at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday March 7th.

Extensive CCTV footage is already being reviewed and officers are asking anyone with any of their own videos or information about the damage caused, or disorder at the match, to get in touch.

In addition, anyone involved or responsible for the damage or disorder is advised to contact police immediately on 101 and quote reference number 648 07/03/18.’

The Mag – Thursday 8 March 2018:

Newcastle United travelled to Sunderland on Wednesday night for a Premier League International Cup quarter-final.

A very good performance by Newcastle and an exciting match, have now been overshadowed by focus on ‘trouble’ at the game.

Despite it being only reserve sides, more than 300 Newcastle fans made the trip.

Initially it was said there would be no segregation but clearly Sunderland responded to rumours of a decent number of travelling fans, by making a late decision to house the Newcastle fans behind one of the goals.

A number of seats were smashed in that Newcastle section and now NUFC have promised to identify those responsible and ‘hold them to account’.

One fan was pictured on social media after the match returning home on the Metro, holding up what appeared to be one of the smashed seats.

Newcastle United Official Statement:

Newcastle United is aware of the unacceptable behaviour of a number of its supporters who attended last night’s Under-23s match against Sunderland AFC at the Stadium of Light.

“The club is very disappointed to hear of the actions of a small group of individuals and will do everything it can to help the police identify those responsible and hold them to account.”


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