What you had to say about the SAFC pitch invaders who avoided a ban

Brothers Alan and Ben Appleby are die-hard SAFC fans who invaded the pitch at the Stadium of Light following their side's victory over Everton last month.

Wednesday, 1st June 2016, 11:34 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st June 2016, 12:38 pm
Alan and Ben Appleby.

And yesterday at the city's magistrates' court, they escaped football banning orders.

But did you think the sentence was fair?

Alan and Ben Appleby outside Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

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Here's what you had to say on social media about the conditional discharges handed to the pair.

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1. Ron Cooper: "Club should ban them for next season or only offer them seats in Northwest corner with no chance of access to the pitch."

2. John Casey: "What's wrong with being passionate about your team, like? Jesus, it's not as if they were punching any horses or anything is it? Give them a bloody OBE, I say, Well done lads!"

Alan and Ben Appleby outside Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

3. Zak Waters: "We all make mistakes. At least they are taking it on the chin and being open about it. Who cares what they do or look like they have not hurt anyone apart from their dignity."

4. Brian Thurlbeck: "The club still have the power to refuse them access to the stadium. Hope they use it. We are watching."

5. David Dowson: "Over the moon for both of the lads."

6. Clive Lee: "Pleased for you lads! But please keep off the pitch. Never gamble losing your right to support your beloved Sunderland AFC."

7. Eugene Risto: "If people are getting away with murder these lads should be hailed as icons for entering the pitch. Respect."