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.