Fan arrested after bottle-throwing incident at Sunderland's Stadium of Light

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A fan has been arrested after a bottle was thrown at Sunderland AFC's clash with Sheffield United last weekend.

The arrest comes after a Sheffield United player was allegedly struck by a plastic bottle thrown from the stands during the Sky Bet Championship clash between the sides.

The Black Cats launched an investigation, and reviewed CCTV footage from the stadium in an effort to identify who threw the object on Saturday.

Sunderland suffered a 2-1 defeat with Clayton Donaldson scoring both goals for the Blades before Jack Rodwell's late reply for the home side.

The incident is alleged to have happened after Donaldson's second goal, which was scored in the 77th minute.

Sunderland AFC’s head of communications, Louise Wanless, said: “Using video footage, an individual has been identified and subsequently arrested after a plastic bottle was thrown during the recent game against Sheffield United at the Stadium of Light.

“Affording a safe and welcoming environment to everyone who attends games is paramount and our club will always have zero tolerance to any behaviour that negatively impacts on the safety of those in our care”.

It is understood referee Jeremy Simpson, who picked up what appeared to be a plastic bottle and handed it to the fourth official, indicated that he would include the incident in the report he submits to the Football Association.