Trouble Expected At Tyne-Wear Derby!

Last updated : 28 January 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor
An inquiry was held by the Football Association into the disturbances which saw more than 40 arrests at the Stadium of Sh*** in October.

And it has concluded that the club's matchday safety operation was executed correctly, with every precaution necessary taken to minimise the potential for disorder.

Sunday's return game at St James's Park is a potential flashpoint - and those Geordies attacked on their way to (and leaving) the Stadium Of Sh***, have long memories.

Mackem chairman Niall Quinn said: "All fans have to understand that any form of anti-social behaviour is not acceptable to the club or other supporters.

"While the vast majority of supporters were well behaved in October, the small minority from both clubs who were not tarnished the reputation of their respective clubs, and this could have lead to serious sanctions being taken against us.

"The law is quite simple - any supporter who attempts to go on the pitch during or after a game may be arrested, and they will face the consequences of their actions regarding any anti-social behaviour.

"We have worked hard to ensure that the Stadium of Light is a safe and welcoming place for all supporters to come to, and the club will continue to adopt the strongest possible stance to stamp out any anti-social behaviour by home and visiting fans.

"While we want all fans to be passionate about their team this weekend, we also hope both sets of fans behave appropriately to represent their clubs in the true spirit of a Tyne-Wear derby."