Eight West Ham fans to face trial over city centre clash with Sunderland supporters

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EIGHT men accused of city centre pre-match football violence are to face a jury next year.

The West Ham United supporters, aged between 18 and 28, are said to be have fought with Sunderland AFC fans before their teams clashed at the Stadium of Light on January 12.

They have all been charged with violent disorder, following the confrontation outside Revolution bar in Low Row.

Prosecutor Tim Gittins told Newcastle Crown Court: “This is a single allegation of violent disorder arising out of an incident of football-related disorder in Sunderland city centre on January 12.”

No pleas were taken during the short hearing yesterday.

A trial date was listed for January next year and the case will be back at court for a plea and directions hearing on August 30.

Matthew Dobberson, 18, of Padnall Court, Essex; Andrew Siedlaczek, 23, of Fortinbras, Chelmsford, Hertfordshire; Jack Stephen Sam Donovan, 18, of Mashiters Walk, Romford, Essex; Craig Defew, 21, of Layhill Close, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk; Christopher Robert Draddy, 24, of Cheriton Close, St Albans, Herts; Ryan Evans, 18, of Cumberland Close, Hornchurch, Essex; Jamie Daniel David Hume, 28, of Clayburn Road, Hampton Centre, Peterborough; and Danny Brooker, 23, of Priory Avenue, Harefield, Middlesex, have all been granted bail until their next appearance.

They must reside at their home addresses and not to go within two miles of any football stadium where a Premiership or international match is due to take place.

Seventeen Sunderland fans appeared before magistrates last month over their alleged part in the brawl.

The six youths and 11 men, aged between 16 and 51, all withheld their pleas to a joint charge of violent disorder.

The adult defendants will be committed to Newcastle Crown Court next month.

Sunderland Youth Court will hear the cases against the teenagers later this month.