Violence In Newcastle City Center – 27 Arrests Made


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.

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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.

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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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374 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Thats so weird, I was parked in Charlotte Square and it was as quiet as the grave around that area.

    I do have video of the mackems marching toward the ground chucking smoke bombs and firecrackers, and getting arrested. I am surprised the Toon isn’t on fire as we speak ha ha.

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  • mot7

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Most of them were not even at the match tossers

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #3

    ruddy

    If Pardew is the answer then what was the question!!

    Given Ashleys record of a past it KK, an inexperienced Shearer, an insane Kinnear and a chancer in Pardew, there’s little to suggest he will suddenly make a mouthwatering choice from that list of names you mention.

    However, he is also a top business man who put a lot of money in in Janurary for 6 players and he will not stand for mediocrity indefinitely I suspect as there is nothing in a 14 year managerial career that suggests Pardew is the messiah.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Ruddy I like most of what you say but to say Benitez might not be suited to the PL (even if it was just a throw away name) is incorrect.

    However I’m not saying I want him but he does have a pretty impressive record from his time at Liverpool.

    All the EPL is evolving and dinosaurs like Pardew, Pulis and Fat Sam will be extinct soon enough to be replaced by continental managers such as the ones you doubted above. Who kows if any would succeed? For every Mourinho there has to be a Ramos, however I thinks it’s better to ty and fail than to not try at all.

    If it comes to it I’d rather have a struggle next season under a manager looking to change the footballing ethos than struggle under Pardew.

    It isn’t my decision and as you say Ashley will keep with Pards if he believes him. This worries me greatly!

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  • BigKirky

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #5

    I was there as usual and it was a dreadful performance in every way.

    I heard Merson or Thompson saying on Soccer Saturday that Di Canio had said he will get them to attack with 4 or 5 players in the opposition box during matches…. Well they did that today from the first minute and I counted them myself the numerous times when they were in the final third. Fair play to them for that approach, yet we are cautious with far superior players? Unacceptable.

    I gave my dad the analogy that Pardew is like a novice driver in an F1 car… There is so much more potential to what we could have with the fine players we have, and even disregarding today, we haven’t seen it.

    They were constantly pressing us, not sitting back, and it worked very well for them. It was so disheartening to see poor players being set up the right way for them, yet for us, good players not played to systems which bring the best out of them on a consistent basis.

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  • BandB

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #6

    If you fail to defend your own city, the winners go nuts and trash everything.
    It’s a sad historical fact, and we’ve done it to them without all those years of pent-up frustration.
    Being precious about it just makes us sound bitter. Give your lass a slap, and go to bed, huh!

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  • Gerrard#1

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #8

    3-0

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Repost

    Beattie

    I corrected myself with the Benitez comment, I wasn’t referring to him as possibly not suited to the PL, merely a typo on my part, not a belief I personally hold.

    There is merit in the “try it out and see” approach with appointing managers but that is what we did for years, albeit not with continental managers, and this approach can foster instability if the manager’s don’t work out.

    I’m fearful of chopping and changing but I’d love nothing more than an exciting manager getting the most out of this team, I keep hoping Pardew will get the best out of this team by changing his ethos but I am ever increasingly doubting it.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Repost

    Nxt Season Players we need
    Gemero
    PEA
    Valentin Stocker
    sakho
    Ola John

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  • Agent Belfast 007

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Di Canio tactically owned Pardew today. It was embarrassing. Pardew’s plan B was the usual old shite, bring Shola on at half time & hoof it some more.

    Really hope we stay up, and then get rid of Pardew & his coaching staff at the end of the season. A change is certainly needed.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #12

    @ Gerrard

    I would actually bite your attempted wind up but Liverpool are far from special.

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  • JackButler

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Passions run high but stupidity is ingrained, yet more idiot’s that go out of their way to bring shame to our club.

    Hope they are identified and banned for life from all football

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  • Agent Belfast 007

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Looking at the fixtures, I cant really see were the next win is coming from. Hopefully Qpr are relegated by the time we play them lol

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Put it in a rocket and fire it at the sun, Belfast.

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  • JDdubai

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #16

    MA didnt hold back in sacking Hughton when there was no real crisis about, when he wanted to move things on he went for it. I hope he is as angry as we are today, have a feeling that the summer could bring abou some serious changes….

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #17

    If I was Pards I would be scanning the classifieds, just in case 😉

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  • JackButler

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #18

    I know that Ashley wants continuity, but continuity with the wrong man as manager is a disaster in waiting.

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  • Agent Belfast 007

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #19

    18 people voted for Jonas as man of the match !! Holy good ferk !! It must be his mum with 18 different accounts. Haha

    If you voted for Jonas, you should be locked up for good.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #20

    agent

    couldn’t put it better.

    There are no more excuses for pardew. I don’t t buy the predictable tiredness excuse.

    They are clearly unfit and as a result are more susceptible to injuries.

    Pardew had 5 new players in January and after an initial honeymoon, players likes Sissoko and goofy seem to be going backwards under Pardew.

    It has to be pardew to go or otherwise cue an exodus of our ball players: Cabs, Benny etc.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #21

    I’d be very surprised if MA is not considering replacing Pardew.

    Perhaps on his part there is a willingness to support him with more players in the summer and if the results and performances aren’t up to scratch I think we will see movement next season with regards the manager.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #22

    sack pardew afta the season… n hope by then.we are on top not down… every passng day my faith in the team is goin down ..

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #23

    I will play devils advocate here and say that Jonas was likely not to be able to play 3 blinders in a week – he traditionally runs more than most of the team and it was a tall order for him to keep it going today, he should have been on the bench from the off.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Dubai

    I fear Pardew may be untouchable as unlike hughton he seems to have a personal friendship with ashley and llambias, hence no one else was interviewed for the job at the time.

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  • Agent Belfast 007

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #25

    They wont sack him anyway, they’ll probably do it half way through next season, when we’re in deep shit…

    Should really just bite the bullet at the end of the season, Thanks very much Alan, but it’s time to go in a different direction.

    Copy and paste that one Llambias lol

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #26

    ruddy

    I honestly think pards would wreck barca.

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  • Agent Belfast 007

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #27

    There’s me thinking Skunki had wised up on the Jonas front lol

    Pardew can put Jonas in his suitcase when he leaves, if he wants.

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  • dubzy

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #28

    ALAN PARDEWS RECORD FOR NUFC

    G W D L Win%
    114 43 30 42 37.72.

    With a win percentage of that rate theres no dout he will have to go in the summer OR FACE ANOTHER SEASON LIKE THIS …..JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH !

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #29

    The free flowing total possession football that they play? Yes, because that’s not the type of style he sets his teams up to play, but a manager with the ethos of Pardew would never manage Barca anyways lol

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  • daztoon

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #30

    I bet Barca don`t even know who Pardew is lol

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  • JackButler

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Giving Pardew more money in the summer will make little difference in my opinion.

    Questions have to be asked as to what the hell happens on the training ground all week?
    Our passing and ball retention is very, very poor and the quality of the crosses that we attempt are sub-standard.

    Are our coaches up to the standard needed?

    Then there’s his persistence is playing players out of position, questionable tactic’s and dithering nature to find a way to change a game in our favour.

    I honestly can’t think of a single player that has improved under his stewardship, in fact most players have regressed under him.

    Also there’s the fact that our injury list is frightening and most of the injuries we seem to pick up are strains and pull’s which throw the standard of our fitness, conditioning and medical set-up into question.

    Major changes are needed in time for pre-season or we face another season of misery.

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  • Agent Belfast 007

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Throw Shola in there aswell & when Pardew gets a new job he can bring Shola on at half time every game ! lol

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #33

    BandB – saw your previous post @227 – good one.

    Rotonda – first you’re not so sure about what I say, then you say –

    ‘They are clearly unfit and as a result are more susceptible to injuries’ he he I am sure I heard that somewhere before… 🙂 BTW I don’t think a personal friendship would let Mike jeopardise our PL status. Its a crazy time to offload a manager, but if he has got someone lined to replace Pards, there may be a midnight phone call and a helicopter on standby ha ha.

    Should we start calling him Alan Jeo-Pard-ey? 😀

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #34

    I know the whole chopping and changing of managers is historically bad for our club but it has become a very modern footballing trait.

    It’s part of the evolution of the modern game.

    Other than Ferguson, Wenger and Moyes the business is now one of short term success continued over time by upgrading managers or finding suitable replacements when a a manager is poached.

    It’s a novel idea to have the same manager for the next 10 years but in reality it can only happen if you see a team in transition going from one level to the next.

    People often forget that when mentioning Ferguson and Moyes Zand how they were “nearly sacked”. Both Man Utd and Everyon respectively where transforming on the pitch and the quality was improving even if initial results were not.

    We cannot say the same here at nufc.

    As many have said there’s no point in stability for stability sake. In football everyone is looking for the golden egg and if we have to through 100 managers until we get that I’d welcome continued change rather that sit here with this pigeon in charge waiting for him to deliver us that golden egg.

    I suppose it ones down to preference but I like to change course when you see yourself sailing towards the whirlpool. Again it comes down to the whole pessimist, realist and optimist.

    Pardew is in charge of the boat and we are sailing to the whirlpool some of us think we’re going to sink and drown, some of us think and hope we’ll be fine and that by luck or skill we’ll sail past and reach the destination. Others don’t want to take a chance and would rather appoint a new captain to take us away from the danger we shouldn’t be near in the first place.

    Needless to say its too late now to escape the whirlpool and that only time will see us sink or swim.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Can anyone quote a stat on our scoring rate from corners? It was hilarious ages ago I bet it is absolutely ridiculous now. I no longer cheer when we win a corner, seriously I don’t, because I know we will not score from it. FACT!

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #36

    I hate iPhones

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  • Talentet

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #37
  • stuart no9

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Sadly , The man responsible for the chaos is safe and sound at home by now , dare he show his face in the town again ,I for one hope he gets the full force of abuse he rightly deserves after today . This has been on the cards for a long time like so many have Said over the last few years . All you Pards fans , look , listen , and learn , off all of us who can see a disaster waiting to happen. The one good thing to come out of today is , this must be Pards last season . Get rid now before we get relegated and have no city centre left.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Tsunki

    October 2011 last time we scored from one and 277 corners taken.

    Nufc stats on twitter

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  • BigKirky

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s 400 odd corners without a goal I think. Shocking.

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