Four fans banned after causing trouble at Wear-Tyne derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United

Sunderland AFC badge, Murray Gates, Stadium of Light.
Sunderland AFC badge, Murray Gates, Stadium of Light.
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Four football fans arrested after causing trouble at October’s Wear-Tyne derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United have pleaded guilty in court.

Vincent Brand, 47, has been banned from attending designated games for three years after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Sheepfolds prior to the Sunderland-Newcastle game on October 25.

Prosecutor John McGlone told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court how Brand, of Torver Crescent, Seaburn Dene, had graded a group of Sunderland supporters to start a fight with rival fans.

His solicitor Iain Jordan said the exact words used were disputed.

Brand is now banned from an exclusion zone around the ground, save for visiting his elderly parents, who live in the area.

He was also fined £40 and was told to pay £75 costs, £150 criminal courts charge and £20 victim surcharge.

Callum Downey, 24, and Stephen Green, 36, both admitted going onto the Stadium of Light pitch during the Black Cats’ 3-0 defeat of the Magpies

Downey, of Edward Burdis Street, and Green, of Midhurst Close, both in Sunderland, will have to wait until December 4 to find out if they will be banned from attending games.

Both face football banning orders, which will be contested during hour-long hearings at Sunderland Magistrates Court.

Newcastle fan Sarah Elliot, 38, of Woods Terrace North, Murton, pleaded guilty to being drunk at the same game at the Stadium. She too faces a football banning order application from prosecutors on December 4.