There were unsavory chants made by Sunderland supporters when Steven Taylor came on the field yesterday, and now police are also investigating some racial abuse from a Sunderland fan against Newcastle striker Demba Ba.
Steven Taylor smiles at Steven Fletcher yesterday – late in the game
Safe to say the Sunderland fans didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory yesterday, and their chants of “Stephen Taylor – We wish you were dead” were quickly admonished after the game by Martin O’Neill.
But it seems there was alleged abuse aimed at Senegalese striker Demba Ba by a Sunderland fan, and it seems the abuse could be seen on some footage broadcast on Sky Sports, and the local Sky Tyne and Wear has passed the information and evidence onto Northumbria Police, who are now investigating the claims.
The police are very good at following up on these alleged abuses, and we expect an arrest very quickly.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said:
“There was one report of racist language having been used by a supporter in one area of the stadium – enquiries into this report are ongoing.”
Steven Taylor’s abuse was for his comments that no Sunderland player could get into the Newcastle side, but on yesterday’s display Steven was close to the mark.
Sunderland lacked penetration and found it hard to create decent chances against a 10 man Newcastle side, after Tiote had been given his marching orders after only 25 minutes.
But for that sending off, Newcastle would seem to have walked this game, as they looked so much better than Sunderland in those first 25 minutes.
Fifteen arrests were made yesterday, and six of them coming in a planned police operation in the morning before the early kick-off of the game at 1:30 pm, but to be fair the police said there were very few problems inside the stadium, and the majority of fans from both sides were well behaved.
The Sunderland supporters yesterday were probably frustrated, as it was obvious that Newcastle, at least at the moment, have a much better side than Sunderland.
There’s not much doubt about that.
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