Sunderland fans arrested after pitch invasion

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TEN people were arrested at Sunderland’s season-saving match against West Bromwich after a pitch invasion.

As the players and Gus Poyet stayed to return the fans’ applause after the final whistle, more than a dozen supporters – men and boys – ran onto the grass.

Sunderland players celebrate

Sunderland players celebrate

They ranged from teenagers to middle-aged men, as they celebrated the moment the club kept their place in the Premiership next season with a 2-0 win against the Baggies.

Some fans have expressed concern about the treatment of those involved in the pitch invasion, others were critical of those taking part.

Northumbria Police said four men, aged 44, 31, 26, and 24, were cautioned in the aftermath of the game.

Two 19-year-old men and two boys aged 14, and others aged 17 and 16 have been bailed pending further inquiries.

All were arrested on suspicion of going into a playing area designated for football.

A spokesman for Sunderland AFC said: “Naturally, there was huge excitement and exuberance at the full-time whistle last night.

Supporters are reminded, however, that it is a criminal offence to encroach on a football pitch and such action sadly results in arrest.

“Ten people were arrested for their actions after the West Brom game.” Many fans watched on after the players and coaching team had headed down the tunnel, as fans continued to run on the grass, with some capturing it on their mobile phones.