Sunderland-Newcastle derby day marred by trouble

Trouble flared at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
Trouble flared at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
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UGLY scenes that marred the Wear-Tyne derby will today prompt an FA investigation.

Violence erupted as rival fans hurled seats at each other after the final whistle blew on yesterday’s 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

Police also arrested one young Black Cats fan who ran on to the pitch and pushed Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper to the ground.

Speaking after the game, Steve Bruce, Sunderland manager, said: “Why the hell he has got to come on to the pitch and confront Steve Harper baffles me.

“Why don’t you just celebrate with 50-odd thousand like everybody else did?

“Unfortunately, it is a sad indictment of where we are with the youth of today.”

Northumbria Police confirmed they had made 33 arrests.

It was also revealed officers had searched more than 100 fans arriving from Europe in the run-up to the match.