Sunderland Unlikely To Be Punished For Fans’ Misbehavior


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.



Niall Quinn and Roy Keane – great partnership for 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.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 27, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Nowt will happen apart from a slap on the wrist.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 27, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Agreed, its a shame, but it just proves how football and the law is these days, I am pretty sure if it was our fans (not that we are stupid enough of course) that the club would be in trouble, but I guess thats just part of supporting Newcastle, nothing ever is straight forward! :'(

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  • Tom

    Oct 27, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Fair enough if Sunderland don’t get punished. The people who were fighting and went onto the pitch should be banned for life, same as those throwing coins, bottles and saliva at Joey and Jonas.

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  • skin d

    Oct 27, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    this is going to make the return fixture a nightmare,the lunatic fringe will start trouble at st james,now.

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  • lesh

    Oct 27, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Hit the nail on the head with your comment that Keane’s quietly back by his chairman…… lesson for Mike Ashley in addition to Spurs way of handling a manager who didn’t want interfearance in transfers – didn’t they sack the director of football?

    Note well Mr A and learn from the error of your ways!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Oct 27, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #6

    can we realy talk about fans not being punished after the mido incident

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  • It will be the coin throwing if anything they get punished for. At Villa the person who though the coin at Redknapp and missed got banned so i would expect the same to happen here. The pitch invasion was pathetic they ran away when some Newcastle fans went down there.

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  • MICKSPRAGGONSAFC

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    AS A SUNDERLAND FAN WHO WAS AT THE MATCH ON SATURDAY I HAVE TO SAY I HOPE THE FANS THAT WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BARTON INCIDENT ARE CAUGHT AND BANNED FOR LIFE AS WELL AS THOSE FIGHTING AT THE END, BUT YOU HAVE TO ADMIT WE GET IT BIG TIME AT SJP TOO, NOT THAT IM CONDONING IT , I THINK ITS A DISGRACE, IT SPOILS IT FOR THE GENUINE FANS OF BOTH CLUBS

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 27, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #9

    “A minority shouldn’t and won’t spoil it. Saturday was a fantastic day that should be remembered for the right reasons.”

    -that small minority that insisted on acting like a bunch of monkeys released from the zoo have already spoiled it you lanky fool.

    there’s no going back on an attempted assault of joey barton before throwing numerous coins etc at him, injuring a police horse before the match even kicked off with a firework, a pitch invasion at the final whistle which was brilliantly assisted by the unwashed “stewards” when they decided to celebrate with the idiots instead of doing their job, along with fighting in and around the ground.

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