Supporters due in court after trouble when Newcastle fans visited Sunderland’s Stadium of Light
Around 300 Newcastle fans travelled to Sunderland back in March.
The occasion was a reserve match at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League International Cup quarter-final, the match ending in a 2-2 draw following extra-time, NUFC coming out on top 11-10 on penalties.
However, what did make headlines after the game were reports of damage caused by a small minority of the travelling Newcastle fans.
The reports outlining damage to the toilet blocks and seats ripped out.
Now it has been revealed that 10 of those who were at the game, presumably all/mostly Newcastle fans, have been summonsed to court.
They will appear before magistrates in Sunderland to answer charges including public order offences, theft and throwing a missile.
Following the game, at least one of the Newcastle fans was pictured smiling on social media, allegedly holding one of the seats that had been smashed/stolen.
A statement from Northumbria Police (see below) has revealed that some of those involved may be handed football banning orders.
Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt of Northumbria Police:
“While the overwhelming majority of football fans across our region behave impeccably, this is a reminder that anybody who does attempt to ruin the experience of other supporters will be punished accordingly.
“Such disorder will not be tolerated and those found guilty must realise the consequences of their actions.
“They could be banned from attending any regulated football match in this country for the next few years.
“I would like to warn fans that such banning orders can also affect your future career prospects, as they may be disclosed to potential employers through a vetting process or DBS check.
“I’m proud to say that in recent years, our football fans have worked really closely with police and partners, and that positive relationship has continued at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.”
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