Boro fans get ticket allocation cut because of 'persistent standing' ahead of Stadium of Light match
The North East derby will arrive on Wearside later this month, as Sunderland prepares to welcome Middlesbrough to the home of the Black Cats.
Despite only going onsale this morning, the away tickets sold out within half an hour. So the match promises to be a busy one!
SAFC have confirmed that Boro fans were given a reduced allocation in tickets to "prevent serious harm being caused" at the match, which will take place on August 21.
There were 2,750 tickets allocated to the away fans - and SAFC have said that this is because the club's supporters "persistently stand" during away fixtures.
The ruling for the allocation of away tickets in the Premier League states that travelling clubs will receive 3,000 tickets or 10% if the capacity of the stadium is less than 30,000.
A statement from the club said: “We have liaised with our counterparts at Middlesbrough and spoken with Cleveland Police, who have advised that the majority of Middlesbrough supporters persistently stand during away fixtures.
“This behaviour was also witnessed when the clubs last met in 2012.
“As the away section is located in Level 3 of the stadium, it would be extremely dangerous if people were to persistently stand in the front rows of that section.
“Therefore the control measure to prevent any serious harm being caused is to remove those seats from sale.
"Unfortunately, this means visiting club ticket allocation is slightly less than 3,000.
“We look forward to welcoming the Middlesbrough fans to the Stadium of Light and hope they will have an enjoyable and safe visit.”
A spokesman added that these measures would be taken in preparation for any derby game.