Steve Bruce Apologizes For Steve Harper Incident


Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has apologized for a Sunderland fan, who went onto the pitch after the game and seemed to shove goalkeeper Steve Harper to the ground.

Steve Harper – attacked  by a Sunderland fan after the game

Sunderland had only just scraped home a lucky equalizer in the 94th minutes, to snatch an unlikely  1-1 draw against Newcastle, that they had hardly deserved.

This is what Sunderland’s Geordie manager Steve Bruce said about the incidental after the game:

“We can only apologize – thankfully Steve is not bad,””Well done to the Sunderland fans who gave the supporter up to the police. When I saw the age of him it looked like he was still in school.”

“I just really can’t understand society today. What goes through his mind when we have just scored with a minute to go?”

“Why the hell he has got to come on to the pitch and confront Steve Harper baffles me.”

“When you see the age of this young kid, it is quite remarkable how has got that in his mind, to run on to the pitch.”

The Newcastle manager,  Alan Pardew, also said his piece about the unfortunate incident, and was not at all impressed:

“If you get last-minute goals then you get an overreaction. The boy was stupid.”

There were some scenes after the game between the Newcastle and Sunderland fans, which was probably ignited by Sunderland’s very late equalizer, after Sunderland had again been outplayed by a better Newcastle United side, especially in the second half.

Referee Howard Webb saw the incident with Harper, and made extra sure the police got the young  offender, who will now be dealt with – in the calmness of a court room.

The feeling amongst Newcastle fans after the game, was that we threw 2  points away, but the lads played really well again this afternoon – to their credit.

Alan Pardew said the draw felt more like a defeat,  such was the extent of the Newcastle dominance again this afternoon.

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76 comments so far

  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • dave 1961

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I think an fa investigation is in order

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  • toonfan09

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #3

    surely they going to have points deducted they were warned before and this could have been a lot worse one fan was carrying a knife if they give them a cash fine this would not even affect them no doubt the fa will dismiss it though

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #4

    ummm any truth n seats being pulled up

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #5

    is Xisco really this bad that he can’t even make the bench? He was supposed to be the next big thing in Spain. Was he mis-assessed this poorly by so many people?

    I’d love to see him actually play some time

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Is there anybody who watched him play in la liga regularly last year? I think those’d be the only fans who could say anything relevant regarding him. I know he only scored 3 times or so, but he’s got to have SOMETHING to him. anything

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #8

    xisco needs a confidence overhaul, but he cant be committed to the cause if he aint impressing in training

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #9

    nolan s contribution in derbies has been nothing short of fantastic

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #10

    leoon best pls go out of nufc.waste of space

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #11

    matty it was another classic example of the Cashley / Wise era [or is that error] when we gave some back handers to sign apparently up and coming Spanish players, such as Xisco, and Jonas, who on today’s performance ought to be f****g well ashamed of cashing the cheque this week, really is it me or is his crossing really that bad? Anyone?

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #12

    best did live up to his prematch hype.

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    excited about gosling tho

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  • Asilaytoon

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #14

    he was gud when i saw him play for depor..not a prolific goalscorer,,,but can finish chances off..and has some skill.i was happy when we signed him but i dont know what he is doing wrong in training that he cant even get on the bench…he is far better than best as far as i have seen him playing in la liga,,i know its different league …i dont think anyone can say he is shit..cause i dont think he have ever been given any chance to prove himself.

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #15

    didnt xisco have as good a U21 record as Torres?

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Gosling has’nt even done much..an you’s are getting on like’s hes ronaldo lol

    i think jose enrique or cheik tiote should win EPL player of the year….i also think leon besty has alot of potensial….sometin about him reminds me of theirry henry 😉

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #17

    arfa chance…xisco had a better u21 record than torres

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #18

    kevy- i doubt from my comments u can say that lol but Gosling looks like he will be an improvement on guthrie who tends to get lost in games and a def improvement on smith- why not be excited and best like henry ??????????????? ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #19

    really kevy? wonder where he is going wrong then. i thought in preseason and against vila in his cameo the xisco kid looked like he had a good touch

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Arfa chance …i duno much about gosling thats why im not excited…

    but hey if you know hes good then why not get excited 😀

    is it 6th or 7th or both for uefa cup?

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #21

    i think he looks good…maby should loan him out to the championship for a wile to get his confidence up an see how he goes

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #22

    question if anyone those the answer plz leave a comment

    can we recall frazer foster from celtic?

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes we can….i rember when we sent him out ..part of the deal was we can recall him wheneva we want

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #24

    do nt think so haz-

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  • benarfan-toon

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #25

    any videos of the incident with harper

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  • kilcline

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Anyone know about Hammil? Talk that if we miss out on Larsson then we are in for him as he has a cheap release clause? Not heard of him before.

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #27

    £500k fast good feet has a creative eye and can pass the ball well. heard he has bit of attitude but def should get him i think and lallana but he is priced at £5 mill?

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #28

    well i have seen foster play a few times for Celtic this season and he looks like a good keeper.

    krul is a bit dodge for me at times and harper is not getting any younger so i would like to see foster get a chance for newcastle!!

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #29

    think next season will be a running battle between forster and krul for no 1 both great but forster commands box well, but the league he plays in is suspect

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  • benarfan-toon

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #30

    i think that foster would rather play at celtic then newcastle, and he will stay at celtic and we will miss out on a future international standard keeper by loaning him out at a stupid time.

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  • warwick

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Forget about xisco, hes truly pathetic, wasted his talents. I heard that when they had the players meeting after getting pasted in pre-season last season Nolan asked which players had the heart and grit for promotion campaign and Xisco was the only player who said he didn’t. He will never do anything for our club…cant wait to see the pisstaker leave.

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  • kilcline

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #32

    @arfa chance

    Thanks mate, i would like to see some more pace added to the side, preferably up front but if we get another winger it means barton can always go in the middle if tiote is missing and Smith can leave!

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #33

    whoever said that about Hammill with the attitude, you can clearly see he thinks he’s the sh*t whenever he scores….at least from youtube videos anyhow

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #34

    ….still think he’d be great for the toon though. seems like a lot of liverpool fans were disappointed to see him leave so easily

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  • callie9

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #35

    @#10

    Leonel Bessi was good today. Does a lot of donkey work off the ball – 1000x more than Shola. He’s showing he’s got something about him.

    As for Xisco, can’t have anything about him at all, otherwise we’d have loaned Ranger out and have him as backup on the bench. He’s 6th choice striker – 7th if you include Nolan in the 4 4 1 .

    As for the crowd, I didn’t see too much violence but did anybody see the mascot giving it large? Surely that’s deemed as inciting the crowd? And the mackem charvers who jumped onto the pitch to celebrate the equaliser as if they’d won the FA cup, idiots. But yeah there’s always chairs broken, chucked and stolen from mackem matches. I still have one somewhere from the 4-1 win .

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  • callie9

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #36

    4 4 1 1 *

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  • tom tomb

    Jan 16, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Just checked something Toon v Man City – Hatem Ben Arfa leg break= injury time 4 mins! Scum v Toon= no injuries he gived 5 mins 40 secs!!
    Says it all for me!

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  • Sinner

    Jan 16, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #39

    http://www.goal.com/en-gb/match/48989/sunderland-vs-newcastle-united/player-ratings

    According to this,Best was our worst player.
    Sure he had a decent run in the second half,but did not take his chance well.Even Smith got a 6 and played around 30mins only.
    We need a quality striker who has pace.
    Best looked awful to watch when he got some through ball,he lacks speed and technique.
    Next week,please start Mcloven. 🙂

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Thump – what a brave little man, attacking someone from behind, hope he meets Mr Big in the showers and develops a new asshole

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