Newcastle fans plead guilty after trouble at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light earlier this year
Two Newcastle fans have acknowledged their guilt after trouble at the Stadium of Light back in March this year.
Altogether 10 Newcastle supporters were issued with a summons following disorder at a reserve game on 7 March 2018.
Around 300 Newcastle fans travelled to watch the Premier League International Cup quarter-final against Sunderland’s reserves, the NUFC second string eventually winning on penalties.
However, the headlines were all about trouble/damage caused at the match, allegedly by the away supporters.
Now a 15 year and a 16 year old have pleaded guilty, the younger boy to criminal damage to property, whilst the older one admitting destroying property.
Seats had been ripped out in the away section, as well as reportedly damage caused in the toilets.
Both teenagers will go before North Tyneside Magistrates in the near future for sentencing.
Amongst the rest of the 10 Newcastle fans to received a summons, four have already seen their cases dropped, having been originally charged with a number of offences including using threatening behaviour, throwing missiles and theft.
Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt of Northumbria Police:
“While the overwhelming majority of football fans across our region behave impeccably, anybody who does attempt to ruin the experience of other supporters will be punished accordingly.
“Such disorder will not be tolerated and anyone 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 has positive relationship has continued at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.”
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