The Football Association have started investigations into the scenes of Sunderland supporters invading the pitch and fighting following the final whistle of Saturday’s Tyne Wear derby at Sunderland.
FA communications director Adrian Bevington said today:
“We’ll be looking at exactly what happened and making contact with both clubs and Northumbria Police,”
“We’ll work closely with all parties involved in an attempt to make sure anyone involved in unsavoury scenes feel the full weight of the law.”
“That could entail mean banning orders preventing those individuals from attending any football ground in the country.”
The police have appealed for help in tracing who in fact was responsible for the invasions as Bevington added:
“The most important thing is that we target those involved and send out a strong message that that sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.”
“In the last few weeks, there have been some unfortunate incidents everyone connected with football will want to crack down on. We want to work with clubs and other agencies to ensure they’re not repeated.”
It is likely that FA officials will work closely with the Sunderland club to tackle the issues raised by these events, rather than give out severe sanctions:
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn remained determined troublemakers would not spoil post-match celebrations.
“Anybody who has Sunderland close to their hearts around the world should enjoy this result,”
“A minority shouldn’t and won’t spoil it. Saturday was a fantastic day that should be remembered for the right reasons.”
This was a monumental win for Sunderland, there’s no doubt about that, but they are are a much steadier and well run club these days than Newcastle, who will have a new owner and new manager by the end of the year, if all works out well with the second sale of the club within 17 months.
But it does show that when you have an excellent manager, as Roy Keane undoubtedly is, and is backed quietly in the background 100% by his Chairman, Niall Quinn and the Sunderland Board, that’s a successful set up that can only bring further success.
That’s what Newcastle United do not have right now.
The task for Sunderland will be to hold onto Roy, who will no doubt be in great demand by some big clubs in the future.