Man arrested after alleged violence at Sunderland cup final

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A MAN was arrested for an alleged attack as a football cup final in Sunderland was abandoned.

Police were called to Wearmouth Cricket Club, in Thompson Road, Sunderland, on Sunday, where the Sunderland Sunday League Fourth Division Subsidiary Cup final was taking place between Sunderland GBSC and New Town FC.

It is believed the trouble began when a New Town player was sent off with about fives minutes to play

A 21-year-old man from Washington was arrested on suspicion of unlawful wounding and later bailed.

The incident is thought to have involved another player, and a member of the crowd who required hospital treatment.

Sunderland GBSC were leading 6-3 at the time, but the game was abandoned. The result is expected to stand.

One spectator, who asked not to be named, told the Echo: “It was shocking. To see trouble at a cup final like that was sickening.

“There were kids watching the game and it was terrible what happened.

“They had to abandon the game. I don’t think there was any way they could have continued.”

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At 12.13pm on Sunday, police were called to Wearmouth Miners’ Welfare Centre to a report of an assault.

“A 21-year-old man from Washington was arrested on suspicion of unlawful wounding, and was released on bail pending further inquiries.”

A spokesperson for North East Ambulance Service said: “We were called to the ground at 12.13pm, but received another call from the police at 12.20pm, informing us that a passer-by had taken the injured party to hospital.”

A spokesperson for the Sunderland Sunday League said they did not wish to comment on what is now a police matter.

A Durham FA spokesperson said: “Once we receive the referee’s report, we will deal with it in line with FA disciplinary procedures.”

New Town and Sunderland GBSC did not wish to comment when contacted by the Echo.