Sunderland Rihanna gig ‘ruined’ by fighting drunks

Rihanna pulls in the crowds at the Stadium of Light. The concert was said to be a sell-out with more than 50,000 fans packed into the stadium for the spectacular performance.

Rihanna pulls in the crowds at the Stadium of Light. The concert was said to be a sell-out with more than 50,000 fans packed into the stadium for the spectacular performance.

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POLICE arrested nine concert goers before, during and after Rihanna’s gig at the Stadium of Light.

Officers praised the majority of the 57,500 people who flocked to see the popstar on the Wearside leg of her Diamonds World Tour.

But some fans reported fighting, and others said they left early on Thursday to avoid the drunks who were spoiling the night.

Kim Noble, 29, handed over £130 for tickets to see the concert with husband Graeme, 33.

The couple paid extra for reserved seating in the North Stand, but said their night was ruined by drunks next to them who started fighting.

Kim, a former SAFC season-ticket holder, said: “I’ve been to a lot of football matches at the Stadium, including derbies, and I’ve never felt as threatened as I did at that concert. I just kept waiting for the security to come and break it all up. Eventually, one young lad came over, but he was just by himself and didn’t even have a walkie-talkie.”

Kim, of Durham, said trouble began between two groups who were upset they couldn’t see because one woman was dancing.

“They started shouting at each other and eventually there was a full-scale fight involving about 10 people. There was hair flying everywhere and shoes were being thrown.”

Kim said she will not be buying tickets for any future concerts.

She added: “We paid a lot of money to see Rihanna, but I was on edge for the last 20 minutes of the show. This completely ruined the night for me and I’ve emailed the football club to complain.”

Paul Weir, SAFC head of safety and security, said: “Naturally, with any event of this magnitude there can be the potential for isolated minor incidents to occur. Safety and security is always our primary focus and any incidents on the evening were dealt with swiftly and comprehensively by the police and safety stewards. Overall, the event went very well.”