Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole has pubs ban extended

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SUNDERLAND skipper Lee Cattermole has had his pub ban extended after it was claimed he was spotted drinking in an off-limits bar.

Pubwatch members voted to take action after licensees in his home town Stockton reported him breaching an existing order and entering venues from which he was barred.

The 22-year-old was handed the ban in 2008 after being arrested for disorder on a night out in Yarm.

It came after the £6million midfielder, of Aislaby Village, near Yarm, received a previous warning for bad behaviour in the town.

Pubwatch, a voluntary organisation of licensees, works with council officials and police to call time on troublemakers.

Those barred are unable to enter most nightspots in Stockton, Yarm, Billingham or Thornaby.

Cattermole, who has also played for Middlesbrough and Wigan, appealed shortly after his barring, which was refused, and a second attempt to overturn it last year also failed.

This week, it was decided to extend the ban after it was alleged he had breached the order.

Steve Paling, chairman of Stockton Pubwatch, said: “We have had numerous reports of Mr Cattermole breaching his ban.

“We have written to him and even contacted Sunderland Football Club in a bid to resolve this issue.”

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “There is no suggestion that this individual has been causing any criminal or antisocial behaviour in licensed premises recently.

“However, licensees have become aware that he has regularly been breaching his Pubwatch barring.”

A Sunderland AFC spokesperson said Cattermole declined to comment on the decision.