Fanzine wades in as row rumbles on over Sunderland fans’ ‘bubble trip’ to Newcastle on derby day

Sunderland fans in the south west corner of the Stadium of Light

Sunderland fans in the south west corner of the Stadium of Light

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FOOTBALL fans have slammed police travel plans for next month’s derby game.

The so-called “bubble trip” will see Sunderland AFC supporters travelling to Newcastle for February’s Tyne-Wear derby showdown on official club coaches.

The controversial move comes after talks between Sunderland AFC, Newcastle United and Northumbria Police.

SAFC bosses have confirmed that a fleet of buses will leave the Stadium of Light on the morning of the game on Saturday, February 1.

Now Seventy3 magazine has waded into the row, saying the plans breach supporters’ human rights.

The fanzine labelled the plan as “flawed”, as many fans do not live on Wearside.

But police have said the new measures are to cut the risk of trouble, which flared between NUFC fans and officers after the last derby in Newcastle.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: “Public safety and the welfare of supporters is our absolute priority and we’ve been working closely with the clubs, local authorities, supporters’ groups and other partners.

“As ever, our priority is the safety of supporters from both clubs as well as the wider public and, together with partners, we’ve carefully considered all aspects of managing this match.”

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