Sunderland vs Newcastle fixture time changed

SACKED ... former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio.
SACKED ... former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio.
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THE time of kick off for Sunderland’s next clash with Newcastle has been changed

The Wear-Tyne derby will now kick off at the Stadium of Light at 1.30pm on Sunday Oct 27, not 4pm.

Fans had been expecting the change. The fixture is regularly altered at the request of police in a bid to reduce disorder by shortening the amount of pre-match drinking time.

Some have, however, criticised the move, saying those wishing to drink heavily will simply start earlier in the day.