Man charged and fan injured after violence follows Sunderland vs Leeds FA Cup clash

A smashed window at the Wheatsheaf.
A smashed window at the Wheatsheaf.
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A MAN was left with a head injury and a pub and car damaged after trouble flared following Sunderland’s FA Cup victory over Leeds United.

The 42-year-old Sunderland man was hurt in a disturbance after the Black Cats’ 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light.



Police were called to reports of a fight between Sunderland and Leeds fans outside the Wheatsheaf pub in Roker Avenue, Monkwearmouth, at 3.52pm on Sunday, less than an hour after the game.

A window of the bar was smashed after a bottle was thrown from outside and a Ford Mondeo taxi, parked in nearby Monk Street, was damaged.

One man is due to appear in court following the game.

Benjamin Haigh, 32, from Station Road, Huddersfield, has been charged with criminal damage and causing fear or provocation of violence.

He will appear before magistrates on Tuesday, February 3, to face the allegations.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “This was an isolated incident in what was an otherwise trouble-free day.”

Anyone with any information about the disorder is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.

Sunderland won the third round tie 1-0 thanks to a goal from Patrick van Aanholt.

•British Transport Police officers are appealing for information after a window of a Metro train was smashed on derby day.

It happened just after 11.40am on Sunday, December 21, on the 11.22 Metro service from Sunderland as it pulled into Fellgate Metro station.

Pc Nick Cannon said: “The service was extremely busy carrying a large number of football fans to the Sunderland v Newcastle derby game.

“As the train pulled into Fellgate Metro station one of the train windows was smashed.

Passengers were moved out of the carriage in to the back of the train, which eventually then had to be taken out of service to be fixed.

Pc Cannon added: “This was a mindless act of vandalism. If you were in the carriage and saw the person responsible or have any information that may assist our inquiries into this crime please get in touch.”

Anyone with information call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or 61016 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls quote log PSUB/B5 of 5/1/2015.