Here's what you had to say about calls for away fans to be moved at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland AFC fans have given a mixed reaction to calls to move away fans at the Stadium of Light.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 01 July, 2019, 21:33
Sunderland take on Portsmouth at the Stadium of Light last season

Council leaders have called for away fans’ seats to be moved at the Stadium of Light after a string of missile-related incidents – which included a councillor being pelted with a pie.

Readers on the Echo Facebook page were divided.

Stephen Moran said: “They should be put back where they were to help the banter and the atmosphere,” he said. “Why give them a better view nearer the pitch meaning loyal season card holders would have to move!”

Graeme Johnson was unimpressed by the plan to reduce away fans numbers: “ Robbing the club of much needed money. Employ a few more stewards for teams with big support, most clubs won’t bring as many fans this season as the novelty will have worn off.”

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Wilf Newall wanted things left as they are: “Leave them where they are, we don’t want away fans to influence our games, ” but Nathan David knew where the way fans should go – and why: “South west corner,” he said.

“Smallest part of the stadium, small space, loudest part of the ground next to them. Easy to police (buses right outside in the industrial estate) - police box overlooks them.”

Jimmy Ford was in favour of a move: “Yes. move them. Lower north stand deserted because of this,” he wrote, while John McClements said: “Move them from above the home fans – anywhere in the ground that ensures the safety of our fans,” but Michael Jordan thought better security was the answer: “Leave them where they are but put a screen up so they can'’t throw things down below.”

And several people were amazed that anyone was willing to part with a pie having coughed up Stadium of Light prices. Darren Peterkin said: “Paying £4 for a pie - a wouldn’t Chuck it away like. Lol,” while Raymond Polley added: “I’m surprised he tossed it, the price of them.”