After Newcastle’s worst defeat in the Tyne Wear derby since 1979, Northumbria Police had to make 27 arrests, mainly for public order offences, and there are reports that three police officers were injured, with one being taken to hospital.
Sunderland fans set off flares in St. James’ Park
The game as usual was a sellout, with a crowd of 52,355 at St. James’ Park, to witness a rather uninspired performance from the Magpies and it was Newcastle’s worst defeat of the season, and Alan Pardew’s worst defeat in his tenure as the Newcastle manager
I know how Sunderland fans must have felt when we hammered them 5-1 back in 2010 – but at least they were playing away from home.
Police received reports of minor incidents both before and during the game, and there were smoke canisters thrown – but after the game ended there were a number of disturbances in the Newcastle City Center – and of course the game had an early kickoff of 12:00 pm noon so the game finished just before 2:00 pm – plenty of time for mischief.
Newcastle supporters were seen setting light to wheelie bins, throwing glass bottles, and throwing firecrackers at police officers and police horses.
Police trying to maintain order in the City Center
The worst problem was at the Central Station where a group of Newcastle fans confronted Sunderland supporters, and missiles were thrown at the police officers at the scene.
This is what Chief Superintendent Steve Neill had to say:
“The vast majority of fans were well behaved today and enjoyed the Tyne Wear derby for the great occasion that it is.”
“Disruptive behaviour of any kind is not tolerated, enquiries will take place into these incidents and action will be taken against all those involved.”
“Public safety is always our number one priority during any football match. For those who chose to get involved in disruptive behaviour they were either dealt with swiftly by officers or will be subject to retrospective action at a later date.”
Another police officer at the scene also told the Northern Echo that the scenes were “the worst rioting I have seen in the city center for decades”.
And a shocked shopper said this:
“It was terrifying and complete chaos. The fans were chucking flares, bits of pavement, rocks, anything they could get their hands on.”
This kind of stupid behavior doesn’t help anything or anybody – but it’s going to be a tough week Newcastle fans.
Sunderland out-fought Newcastle today – and they seemed to want to win the game a lot more than our lads – and we don’t accept Alan Pardew’s excuse that our players were tired because of our European adventure.
That’s just rubbish.
It wasn’t a good performance from Newcastle today but the result was absolutely horrendous.
And the violence after the game is making headlines around the world – and bringing shame to the club. 🙁
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