West Ham fans admit being part of brawl in Sunderland

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TEN West Ham fans have admitted being involved in a mass city centre brawl with rival Sunderland supporters.

Opposing sides engaged in terrifying scenes of violence before their teams clashed on January 12 last year.

The confrontation outside the Revolution bar in Low Row was captured on CCTV, and the footage was shown during court hearings last month at which the Sunderland faction were given suspended prison sentences for their parts.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Matthew Dobberson, 19, of Padnall Court, Essex; Andrew Siedlaczek, 24, of Fortinbras, Chelmsford, Hertfordshire; Jack Stephen Sam Donovan, 19, of Mashiters Walk, Romford, Essex; Craig Defew, 22, of Layhill Close, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk; Charlie Adoldh, 22, of Gibbons Close, St Albans, Hertfordshire; Christopher Robert Draddy, 25, of Cheriton Close, St Albans, Herts, Jamie Daniel David Hume, 29, of Clayburn Road, Hampton Centre, Peterborough, Harry Saunders, 19, of Martindale Avenue, Basildon, Essex, and Danny Brooker, 23, of Priory Avenue, Harefield, Middlesex, all pleaded guilty to violent disorder on the day their case was due to be tried by a jury.

Ryan Evans, 18, of Cumberland Close, Hornchurch, Essex had entered a guilty plea at an earlier hearing.

Judge Jeremy Freedman told the men they will also receive suspended jail sentences and can expect a long ban from future football matches.

The judge said to the nine men who pleaded guilty yesterday: “It has taken matters to be listed for trial for you to accept your responsibility, but you will have credit for that as you have avoided the expense and inconvenience of a lengthy trial in front of a jury.

“It is clear from CCTV footage that you all, to a greater or lesser extent, were involved.

“Each of you will be made the subject of a football banning order for a significant length of time.”