More Charges After Tyne-Wear Bust Up!

Last updated : 01 June 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

dCraig Lee Stanworth was arrested during the tense match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James’ Park last month. He is accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

The 21-year-old, of Dean Park in Ferryhill, County Durham, appeared before Newcastle Magistrates Court yesterday. The case was adjourned until August when he will stand trial.

Liam O’Brien, prosecuting said the charges relate to the defendant’s behaviour after Sunderland’s third goal.

Mr Stanworth is one of 29 people arrested before, during and after the game, on April 29, which ended in a 3-0 home defeat for Newcastle. So far three others have appeared in court.

Craig McGee was last week slapped with a three-year football banning order after he admitted picking up a flare thrown by Newcastle fans at Sunderland supporters before the match, hurling it back into the Toon Army.

The 31-year-old Sunderland season ticket holder of Hutton Grove in Haswell, County Durham, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Magistrates Court to threatening behaviour and possessing a Class A drug, in relation to cocaine found on him after his arrest.

As well as the ban, the taxi driver got a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work.

Michael Briggs of Stranford Place, Seaham, County Durham, was fined £100 after he admitted being drunk and disorderly at St James’ Park.

Anthony Paul Holyoak has denied being drunk and disorderly in Sunderland city centre as he celebrated his team’s victory. The 21-year-old, of Brandling Street, in Roker, Sunderland, will stand trial next month.

Over 70 people have been arrested and questioned over violent disorder after the game, unrelated to the alleged incident involving Mr Stanworth.