Sunderland Fan Visits Benton To Apologize To Harper


The Sunderland fan who pushed Steve Harper to the ground following the final whistle yesterday was held by Northumbria Police.

Steve Harper is pushed down by Sunderland fan just after the end of the game
It looks to us like it was Darren Bent!!

But the teenage fan, said to be 17, arrived at the Benton training grounds this morning with his father, who was said to be mortified by what his son had done yesterday, and hadn’t slept a wink last night.

The players were not at the ground today, because they will have  the day off,  but an insider at Benton said this:

“His intention was to apologize to the manager, the club and to Harper,”

“He sat down with a club official and he could not have been more humble and full of remorse.”

The teenager was arrested after he ran on the pitch and was later released on police bail until March, and it is said that Northumbria Police said inquiries were ongoing in the case.

The Newcastle club has declined to comment on the apology, but Steve Harper told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I didn’t see him until he was right on me.”

“The supporter was detained by Sunderland fans after the incident, which was nice, and I heard he had been arrested.”

“Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn apologized to me after the game. I would like to thank the supporters of both teams for their concerns afterwards.”

Sunderland issued a club statement on Monday morning and it read as follows:

“The vast majority of fans in the 48,000 capacity crowd behaved very well and we thank them for their loyal support.”

“Sunderland AFC operates a zero-tolerance policy towards anti-social behavior of any kind within the Stadium of Light, and we are proud of our reputation as a family club.”

“Working closely with Northumbria Police, we will ensure that appropriate action is taken against anyone found to have been involved in any such behavior at yesterday’s game.”

“The club also recognizes the positive role Sunderland supporters played in helping to identify the small minority responsible for anti-social behavior to stewards and the police.”

Sunderland have a couple of top guys running the club in manager Steve Bruce and Chairman Niall Quinn.

And they would have been appalled with what happened after the game yesterday, when emotions seemed to get the better of some of the supporters at the Stadium of Light.

That last minute equalizer didn’t help things either.

Steve Bruce apologized immediately on hearing of the incident,  and hoped the youngster would be barred from future Sunderland games.

But both Steve and Niall will be concerned that it reflects badly of the Sunderland football club, which is the last thing they will want.

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76 comments so far

  • Toon XI

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Ban the punk for a few years. I don’t care if he apologized. He is a muppet for doing what he did.

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  • expatgeordie

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    There’s always trouble at the Stadium of Sh*te, their stewarding is pathetic & policing is very poor why let the Sunderland fans stay behind after the game to taunt the Geordies they should have been ushered out of the ground. This would never have happened at SJP. Typical of that lot down the road they think they are a big club but they aren’t and never will be. To make our season now we need to finish higher than them that would really rub it in. We should have won yesterday by at least 2 or 3 goals.

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  • skutball1892

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Haven’t posted on here in a while but thought everyone should know his name is ROSS MILLER and goes to Spennymoor Sixth Form. My girlfriend goes there and knows him, apparantly he was bragging on facebook about it last night

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  • Mags

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Well are we supposed to be impressed by this?

    I for one am not. Call me an old cynic but this is just the machinations of Sunderland in the hope of evading / minimising punishment from the FA.

    That club are serial offenders and this is not the first time our goalkeepers have been challenged by their idiot fans (I use that word loosely).

    The stewarding at the ground is abysmal and the tub thumping done by Bruce in the run up to the match should also be taken into consideration, as it was tantamount to inciting their fans and he is old enough to know better.

    I hope the FA hit them hard, it is what they deserve. Perhaps they will then address the stewarding of the place.

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  • NuFc TuRnEr

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Who thinks we should go 4 bent? Him and carroll upfront would be class!!!!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #6

    NuFc TuRnEr, 18 million?

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  • NuFc TuRnEr

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    M8 I no it’s alot but him and carroll would be top 4, not a top 4 team but a top 4 strike force

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #8

    u rekon cashley would throw 18 million at a player like??? hahahahahahahaha

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  • dave 1961

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #9

    skutball1892

    Post what he’s boasted about and I will forward it to the fa, I would also do the same if one of our fans did it it’s just not football, its un intelligent inbreeds that do this sort of thing.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #10

    dave 1961

    spot on there like if hes braggin about it he deserves to get lashed 4 it

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Wheres coozy? I think we are close to signing someone, perhaps swp??

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  • dave 1961

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes he was a coward jumping on harpers back, he was probably trying to hump Harper, but Harper being wise, wore his chain mail underpants, specially made for down the dark side, this perv should be on the sex offenders register also.

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  • BeeGuy

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #13

    It has got to hurt Bruce if one of his two scorers wants out and there is no one waiting in the wings to provide the goals. Sunderland did not have any options yesterday, and would have been shut out if Gosling had not abandoned his position and allowed the hard shot that bounced in off Gyan. Let’s hope AP teaches him to cover his wing and let the other more than competent defenders do their job as planned.

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  • hitman

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #14

    aye gg7 talk tyne says we might have someone in by the morra..

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  • nufc90

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #15

    bit harsh on gosling.. he made a mistake but so did harper in not pushing it to the side and williamson should’ve been marking gyan instead of charging out after the ball. in fact we had 6 players covering in the box and 3 charged out to the player that passed to bardsley for the shot

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  • billridley

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Lighten up. The kid is only 17. Don’t go over the top. Ban him for the rest of the season. At least him and his family had the decency to (try and) apologise.

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  • nufc90

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    yeah only because he’s bricking it now..if he is bragging about it on facebook or whatever social site he’s obviously not sorry is he?
    needs to be made an example of so this kind of thing doesn’t happen again. what’s to say next time some idiot doesn’t run on with a knife or something?(think ben foster spoke about this yesterday)

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  • sweendog

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #18

    wonder what the idiot is gonna do with his “bent” shirt now bent is away 🙂

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #19

    He lives in a Caravan,what do you expect from him 🙂

    Bent would be a good purchase for us,even at 18 million.
    I mean,what do we want?
    To be a mid table team or challenging and winning something before it goes another 50 years?
    We have a great team at the moment,a better back four than i have ever seen(Question mark over Williamson)and a great midfield and Strikers/Keepers
    We are not far off at all.
    We need Tayls to be fit more often and Tiote to stop gettin sent off and stupid bookings.
    With Ben Arfa,Tiote,Gosling,Nolan,Guthrie,Barton and Jonas we have a decent midfield.
    We maybe need to sell on Routledge and see if we can get rid of one or 2 others but reckon with a LB,RW/LW,and a goal getter we could be up there for sure.
    We need Ash to put in some cash and see the glory days return.
    We have got to stop selling our best players like we did with Andy Cole,think if we had of kept him and injected more money we would surely have won the league

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  • dave 1961

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #20

    This was more serious than most seems to understand it could have started a riot, then where would we be, the actions of one idiot could have caused the injury of many innocent fans on both sides, and the bigger the example the better.

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  • bentoon

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #21

    nufc90 totally agree mate.

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  • skutball1892

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m trying to find him on wor lasses friend list ‘cos I personally don’t know him, but as soon as I find him I’ll paste it on here

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #23

    That`s why Bent wants away lol
    He seen how his name looked on the back of a Sunderland fan……OUCH

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #24

    SKUTBALL….did ya say ya were gonna Paste the Fella? Lol

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  • Alanmc09

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #25

    hes a dickhead..i would like to see the scum stand face to face with harper…then we would soon see who would be on the ground!!i suppose he had an excuse sunderland had just musterd a draw after being completely outplayd by a last season championship team missing andy carroll cheick tiote ben arfa and steve taylor and we beat them 5-1 earlier on in the year hahaha scumbags tearing up there own stadium..my my my how those sunderland fans must regret holding up them ‘lets all laugh at newcastle’ signs up when we were relegated..

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  • geoff777

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Ashley turns up week after week to watch the team.
    He makes more than £18 million a week from Sports Direct and investments.

    He wouldn’t even notice it on his bank balance.

    Carroll & Bent are probably going to be paired for England for he next few years.

    I don’t particularly like buying from the scum … but surely Ashley would enjoy the game more if we had the most lethal attacking force in English football?

    Probably too late as it looks like Villa are going to buy him.

    I just wish Ashley would release a decent wedge of cash to bring in a couple of real quality players.

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  • toon95

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Lads any news on a takeover on footballtransferrumours.com they seem to think some arabs are in toon?

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  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #28

    @martytoon

    We want to be safe from relegation – Did you forget that last season we were playing in the championship??

    Whilst we are splashing 18m on bent why not go all out and sign Kaka for 55m – I mean we want to win something dont we……

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  • Bucks mag

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #29

    geoff777 – It will be interesting to see what happens to the profit we are expected to make next year – though I suppose because it’s a private company we won’t find out.

    I seem to remember him saying 2 years ago he was willing to put in £20m a season for transfers, if we had around £10m for last summer. Times change but think how much further it could go.

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  • chris6033

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #30

    i’d take darren bent, he is a quality forward, he clearly wants to better himself…. so come to us!!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Bent wouldn’t come here. He wants to be No. 1 striker.

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  • lewman

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #32

    the mackems might be selling him but they wouldnt sell him to us unless we outbid villa by a few million atleast

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  • sweendog

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #33

    toon95 .. theres talk of something tomorrow .. didn’t think it was talkover I thought it was players .. supposed to be a contingent from bufc meeting in a hotel tonight .. no specifics yet .. whether its a player or talkover..

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  • sweendog

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #34

    should have read
    toon95 .. theres talk of something tomorrow .. didn’t think it was a takeover I thought it was players .. supposed to be a contingent from nufc meeting in a hotel tonight .. no specifics yet .. whether its a player or takeover..

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  • colwell

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Sweendog who`s bufc?

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Where are you getting the rumours about tomo? reliable sources?

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  • toon95

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #37

    sweendog.. supposedly 6 rooms have been booked for 4 nights and 4 arabs with body guards are on their way to a hotel in Gosforth.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #38

    colwell 🙂 ..
    http://www.newcastlerumours.co.uk/ .. not too sure how reliable but somebody on this site had rumours of ben arfa way at the start ..

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  • sweendog

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #39

    maybe we’re in for bent as well then 🙂

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  • toon95

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #40

    magpietillidie22..footballtransferrumours.com. Not that reliable but a few people saying it could be a load of bull.

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