Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Minority Bring Derby Shame

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Minority Bring Derby Shame

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VIOLENCE and allegations of racism marred derby day.

Fifteen arrests were made during the course of the day for offences including violent disorder, assault, drugs, fraud and breaching a football banning order.

Police confirmed they were also investigating allegations that Newcastle United's Demba Ba was racially abused during the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland fans were also heard to sing they wished the Toon's Steven Taylor was dead after the player had been outspoken in the build-up about the rivalry between the two clubs.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "There was one report of racist language having been used by a supporter in one area of the stadium - inquiries into this report are ongoing."

Meanwhile, a man was left with a head injury after a fight broke out in Pudding Chare, in Newcastle, as thousands of fans sprawled out of the city's pubs when the final whistle blew.

Police and paramedics were called shortly after 4pm and the victim was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment.

One eyewitness said: "I was walking down Pudding Chare and saw a large group of lads gathered outside the Fleet Street pub.

"One man got hit and landed on the floor, banging his head, with one group of lads running away and another fight then breaking out. After a bit more of a scramble some other lads started calling the injured man and his friends names.

"Then I remember seeing a plastic pint glass with beer in it get chucked on the injured man, and more men running away. It was mayhem."

Earlier in the day, dawn raids, carried out as part of planning for derby day, saw police seize a haul of Class A drugs. During the operation, amounts of cocaine and ecstasy were found and four adults and two youths were arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply. But for thousands of other fans, the day went without any trouble as thousands filled Tyneside pubs to watch Sunderland's agonising late equaliser, cancelling out Cabaye's early goal. …

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