Sunderland fan in court over drunken abuse after West Brom defeat

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A DISAPPOINTED football supporter, worse for wear on booze, was found staggering around a Sunderland city centre street shouting obscenities.

Ian Spoors, 27, had hit the bottle after Sunderland lost 3-0 to West Brom on September 21, and in the early hours of the following morning police saw him shouting at passers-by in Vine Place, Sunderland magistrates heard.

“Police on duty at 4.30am saw Mr Spoors in the middle of the road being abusive and aggressive towards members of the public passing by,” prosecutor Glenda Beck said.

“They spoke to him, but he continued with the abuse. He smelled of intoxicating liquor.”

Spoors, of Ravenscourt Road, Red House, was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and later admitted the offence in court.

Gerry Armstrong, mitigating, said: “It was a bad day for Mr Spoors.

“The great team had played West Brom and lost 3-0.

“Unfortunately Mr Spoors had gone to support them. He had been dropped off in the city centre.

“He was not causing any trouble at all until someone decided to make some fairly disparaging remarks.

“It’s not the police officers he is being abusive to, it’s the person making the remarks. He just continued shouting at that time.”

Spoors was fined £130 and was told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.