Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Ugly Face of Football; DEMANDS FOR TOUGH CRACKDOWN AS FANS HEAP SHAME ON SOCCER BY INVADING THE PITCH AND FIGHTING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Ugly Face of Football; DEMANDS FOR TOUGH CRACKDOWN AS FANS HEAP SHAME ON SOCCER BY INVADING THE PITCH AND FIGHTING

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Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter

FANS were today urged to turn in the soccer louts behind the derby day disgrace.

Police want supporters who captured the ugly scenes on cameras and mobile phones to come forward as they continue their probe into the trouble.

Hundreds stormed the Stadium of Light pitch after Sunderland's victory over Newcastle United, with supporters brawling and missiles being thrown.

Toon goalkeeper Shay Given was taunted by two Black Cats' fans following Kieran Richardson's winner and midfielder Joey Barton had bottles and coins hurled at him, before enraging home supporters by kissing his club badge.

Fans today told of their terror at being caught up in the problems, as police started to trawl through hours of CCTV footage from the day.

It comes as the Football Association launched their own investigation into the events and called for all those involved to be hit with lifetime bans.

Dorothy Cox attended the game with nine people, including husband Ronald, 76, and was hit by a missile thrown by Sunderland fans.

Mrs Cox, of Wallsend, said: "I have been following Newcastle since 1964 and go to home and away games. I thought the days of this carry-on were finished but this was like being in the 1970s again. My friend got badly bruised and I was hit on the chest.

"There was a lad in front of my knocked out for about a minute after something hit him and when he got up, there was blood everywhere.

"What upset me was this was clearly premeditated as some of the coins being thrown were sharpened, meaning people had planned to do it.

"People have blamed it on Joey Barton and I was the first to admit I didn't want him to ever put a black and white shirt on but he has a right to warm up without being pelted with missiles. It was terrifying, just so frightening frankly."

Police made 29 arrests on the day, including one Newcastle supporter who has a football banning order but travelled to the game at the Stadium of Light without a ticket.

A police horse was hit by a firework and a British Transport Police officer suffered a broken wrist.

An estimated 1,000 United fans travelled by train to Sunderland, rather than using free coaches.

Chief Supt Neil Mackay said: "We are continuing our inquiry, which started after Saturday's game, to identify and arrest anyone who committed offences

"We are appealing to anyone who took pictures, people with images and footage on mobile phones or with any information at all to come forward."

Michael Teasdale, spokesman for the newly-formed Newcastle United Supporters Club, said: "This is about three derbies in a row where people have run on the pitch.

"I know Roy Keane has asked for leniency but he wasn't saying that when he was the one being confronted at a game recently. …

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