Three Sunderland fans in court after derby day brawl follows victory over Newcastle

Fabio Borini celebrates with players and supporters after scoring a late winning goal for Sunderland during the Premier League Tyne-Wear derby match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light''.

Fabio Borini celebrates with players and supporters after scoring a late winning goal for Sunderland during the Premier League Tyne-Wear derby match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light''.

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DERBY day revellers ended up in court after brawling outside a Wearside bar following Sunderland’s 2-1 win over their arch-rivals last month.

Three Black Cats supporters were arrested for their part in the fight outside Passion in Sunderland city centre, which kicked off at about 7pm on October 27, four hours after the football match against Newcastle United ended.

Staff in the Holmeside bar had thrown everyone out and locked the doors after trouble flared inside the venue.

Police were called and arrested Daniel Allan, Michael Hiles and Martin Hoggarth.

Allan, 29, Hiles, 42, and Hoggarth, 25, all pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in separate hearings at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Hiles, 42, also pleaded guilty to a charge of resisting arrest.

John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “Police in a marked police vehicle received a radio communication to attend Passion to deal with a large disturbance.

“When they arrived, several hundred people were in the street. Passion had ejected everyone from the club and locked its doors.

“They were shouting and chanting about Sunderland’s victory over Newcastle.”

The court heard that Allan, of Halstead Square, Hylton Lane Estate, became abusive when police asked him to move off the road and on to the pavement.

Hiles, of Rokeby Street, Sunderland, was seen making gestures towards police dog handlers, and swearing at them, before struggling when they tried to arrest him.

Hoggarth, of Somerset Street, Silksworth, was held after trying to stop police arrest another man.

Tom Morgan, defending Allan, said: “He was out for the derby game and had been consuming alcohol.”

Chris Wilson, defending Hoggarth, said: “He had attended the Stadium of Light. Sunderland, for once, had won a football match.”

Allan was fined £140, Hiles was fined £235 and Hoggarth was given a 12-month conditional discharge with £40 costs.

The magistrates could not impose football banning orders on any of them because the crimes were not committed while they were walking to or from a game.

Chairman of the bench Joan Green said: “We would like to make a football banning order, but unfortunately we can’t.

“Please stay out of trouble and don’t go to another derby game or you will end up back here.”

Sunderland won the derby match 2-1 thanks to goals from Steven Fletcher and Fabio Borini.