Paulo Di Canio makes his first trip to St James’s Park since his controversial appointment as Sunderland boss in the high noon clash.
The Italian’s past claims that he had fascist beliefs could spark a few thousand Geordies to make Nazi salutes.
Chief Spt Steve Neill: “Offensive gestures, particularly those with a suggestion of racist connotations, are completely unacceptable, and we will take positive action against anyone seen acting in an offensive or racist manner.
“While some individuals may see this sort of behaviour as a means of poking fun at opposing fans, it is not a joke.
“Offensive behaviour can constitute a criminal offence and such behaviour is taken seriously.”
Chief Spt Neill has warned potential offenders that their actions will be caught on camera, saying: “Football matches are routinely monitored by CCTV and even if action is not taken during the match, it can be checked retrospectively.
“We have demonstrated on numerous previous occasions our ability to trace offenders and put them before the courts, which can lead to a criminal record and possible football banning order.”