FRUSTRATED Newcastle United fans clashed with police following yesterday’s 3-0 derby defeat at the hands of Sunderland.
There were ugly scenes around Newcastle Central Station following the match, as angry NUFC supporters tried to confront Black Cats fans.
Officers from the British Transport Police kept the supporters apart but Newcastle fans hurled bottles, leaving three officers injured and one needing hospital treatment. Central Station was closed for a time.
But police praised the majority of the 50,000 plus crowd, making only 27 arrests.
Most of those detained by police were held on suspicion of committing public order offences.
A large police presence across Newcastle and Sunderland kept trouble to a minimum as a capacity crowd attended St James’s Park for the derby game.
Sunderland fans were kept back at the stadium for 20 minutes following the final whistle, in a bid to stop any violence.
Coaches laid on by Sunderland AFC took them to the Stadium of Light safely and others were escorted to Central Station, where they boarded the special direct Metros and trains back to Sunderland.
Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: “The vast majority of fans were well behaved today and enjoyed the Tyne Wear derby for the great occasion that it is.
“Disappointingly, there was some disorder involving what appear to be Newcastle United supporters following the match in the city centre, including an incident at Central Station.
“Disruptive behaviour of any kind is not tolerated, enquiries will take place into these incidents and action will be taken against all those involved. This was very much a partnership operation and a lot of planning went into what is a large scale policing operation to ensure that genuine fans were able to enjoy the game.
“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.”
l A man from Scotland has become the 24th person to be charged over a match-day brawl outside a Sunderland bar.
Jamie Phenny, 21, of Bridge End, Mid Glamorgan, will appear at the city’s magistrates’ court in May, accused of taking part in violence disorder. Officers made a series of arrests after a mass fight outside Revolution Bar at Low Row, before Sunderland AFC took on West Ham on Saturday, January 12.
All the accused will appear at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on May 20.
They have strict bail conditions, banning them from a designated area on match days at the Stadium of Light or St James’s Park, four hours before and four hours after kick-off.
They also had to stay at home between 9am and 4pm during Sunday’s derby clash.
A number of West Ham supporters have also been arrested and are due to answer bail next month.