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Video of Sunderland v Newcastle Crowd Trouble

Sunderland’s 2-1 derby win against Newcastle was marred with skirmishes before, during and after the game at the Stadium Of Light. The Football Association (FA) is investigating the trouble to determine if Sunderland will be fined.

Despicable incidents included a police horse being badly burned by fireworks before the game, and Joey Barton being pelted with objects while warming up along the touchline. After the final whistle, Sunderland fans invaded the pitch and fights broke out between home and away supporters.

Here are a couple of videos from the aftermath:


Should Sunderland be forced to play a future Premier League match behind closed-doors as punishment for what happened yesterday? Click the comments link below and share your feedback.

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  1. jimbo

    November 29, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    ya know the only thing our fans did wrong was not kick the shit out every mag and plod that was in the ground. dirty scum the lot of them, ban them from football and our troubles are over. ftm

  2. Mackem Dave

    October 29, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Good idea, deduct 10 points give 5 to Newcastle and 5 to Boro, it will keep them up and we will still finish above them, geordies cant take defeat, and what about my 8 yr old daughter who was spat at in Sunderland town centre and called a Mackem slag(shes 8 for gods sake) By the way how many times have you smashed up the Bigg market geordies(your own crap city). Do you want some cheese with your Whine, you cant handle the fact we are better than you now Barton is a thug and your club should have sacked him, just seen the footage on U tube, more violent than Hostel, like the man says it takes two to Tango Oh and by the way there were 29 arrests, 20 sunderland 9 mags, more Geordies percentage wise, we beat the scum 2 – 1

  3. AJ

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Barton is a thug and gets no sympathy from me. He deserves stick everywhere he goes. As for fans running on the pitch… yes pull them off, yes arrest them if needs be, but deduct points? There are many worse offenses. As for the fighting, it was minimal, and happens at every football ground. Remember this was a derby game and emotions run high. It takes two to fight. There should have been more police and a larger segregation. Sunderland fans are normally well behaved and are generally speaking a credit to the Premier League.

  4. mary poppins

    October 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    sounds like sour grapes to me why dont you s just acept defeat yous must be used to it by now

  5. beefy

    October 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    My first visit to the Stadium of Sh**e and my last. The person behind me got punched in the head before the game and we were protected by a line of police who did nothing. This was a long time before kick off. We spoke to fans who arrived having run a gauntlet ogf hate from the dirty mackems. After the game we had kids crying in fear. Thought I hated Mackems before but now I really hate them. Wont go there again.

  6. pb

    October 27, 2008 at 8:07 am

    I was there …South stand Row 9 …10 seats from Newcastle supporters..

    The fighting at the end was carried out by 1 Newcastle fan who ran across into the Sunderland section. That was it..
    What needs to be looked at was that all the police by then had disappeared and it was left to a steward to sort it out.

  7. Jarra

    October 27, 2008 at 7:31 am

    errr…. Joey Barton has BEEN to prison for his misdemeanours, I was at the match, with my mates who are Mackems, and rthey said that they were amazed aty the plight of their so called “supporters”. Mind, the crowd control was diabolical, however “waiting a long time for this” does not give license to the scenes on saturday, i don't know what the punishment should be, however, the Stadium of Light management have allowed this to happen before (England v Turkey anyone?) so they probably should be punished, if that involves the team then tuff, ANYONE should be able to go to a football match, fans and players and feel secure participating in the event, not be worried about mindless idiots charging the players, pelting the players or provoking the away fans with a demostration of pitch invasion tactics 101. If this had happened at SJP there would be uproar, demands for the public hanging of the entire team and the ground burnt to the ground. So wake up, smell the coffe and realise its 2009, and the behaviour is not acceptable, there is no rationalising of it, and SUFC should be punished

  8. Tommy "Tyke" Burley

    October 27, 2008 at 7:19 am

    What a load of absolute TOSH. 500 police on duty 200 from South Yorkshire who didnt know the area. You must surely be a Newcastle fan. I was here as a neutral Barnsley fan. The policing was absolutley awful. Joey Barton was jumped upon by police yeat they did nothing about people on the pitch. They cannot dock points when they didn't do it to West Ham. Is this the only way you can avoid being bottom. Very very sad and desperate.

  9. JP

    October 27, 2008 at 6:14 am


  10. JP

    October 27, 2008 at 6:09 am


  11. Edward Halliday

    October 27, 2008 at 5:41 am

    What a load of tripe you talk, Sunderland has one of the best records per % of fans attending matches in the country. The first major disturbance in 20 years at the club and you talk of closing grounds. Yes approx 50 idiots ran on to the pitch to celebrate the win yes some idiots from Newcastle joined them to create a skirmish. it was nothing compared to the 200 arrest just a couple of seasons ago made in Manchester following a game with Liverpool or th80 arrest made at millwall Leeds game recently. Yet no calls to close grounds you can condone the idiots but ban them and leave the other 47'800 fans who attended the match alone to support their club.

  12. G

    October 27, 2008 at 4:09 am

    I'd like to say that Sunderland should be excused for their mindless actions on Saturday. Apart from them being thick, this was a moment of immense hysteria for them.. After all, I'm sure we can all relate to the feeling they must have this morning, imagine waiting 28 years for p*ss having supped 15 pints of Larger, then all of a sudden being able to let it out? Now let's make no bones about it we'd have taken the 3 points (again) but also have a little sympathy for the little people who live in antartic conditions due to the huge shadow that covers Sunderland, created by NUFC. It must feel like they've won the Champions League today, so go on lads enjoy it while it lasts & treat yourself tonight to Pek & Chips washed down with a lovely glass of dandelion & burdock from the pop van….!

  13. Mike

    October 27, 2008 at 1:14 am

    And ripping up seats to throw at people? Trying to charge past the stewards and out the away end? Starting a fight on the pitch?

    Sunderland fans aren't defending the idiots who ran onto the pitch. Newcastle fans – who either weren't there or have read the inflammatory rubbish printed in the likes of the NotW – seem to think there was only one guilty party.

    Hands up if you were actually there folks…and keep them up if you saw more than one or two actual punch-ups. Keep them up if the aggressor was a Newcastle fan who charged at the celebrating Sunderland fans. Odd that.

    Yes, the bottles and coins at Barton were wrong. Yes the goading – note, not attacking – of Given was wrong. And yes, the over-excuberant dancing on the pitch by, what, a couple of dozen fans was wrong. But stop telling us that the saintly Toon Army were the poor little victims of the whole thing.

  14. Quinny

    October 26, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    “We'll be bigger tham Barcelona”…..looking a bit unlikely now you bandwagon riding geordie mugs.

  15. Quinny

    October 26, 2008 at 9:30 pm


  16. Andy

    October 26, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    What conveniently short memories some of you have. The violence that Barton was leniently punished for puts any of Saturday's incidents into the shade. This has always been one of the most fiercely contested football matches in UK football and not the place to bring back this controversial figure. His promises top grow up were short lived as his immediate response to abuse was to cause further provocation.

    As for you idiots calling for points deductions, you are obviously desperate fans from other clubs who need the extra help from points deductions else where. That isn't the answer and would be a kick in the teeth for the 40 plus thousand fans who behave themselves at all matches.

    Punish the pathetic fools who caused the trouble, including the thousand or so fans from Ncl who terrorised passengers and staff on the metro system and of course the Safc fans who threw stuff and invaded the pitch.

  17. james

    October 26, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    sunderland are just the best fans in the world never mind england they cars so much about there club , its unreall they shouldint ban anyone part from the fights they have waited 28 years for this and they still get over 40 000 a game class surport wish yaz look , city fan

  18. chris bald

    October 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I think its completely wrong to throw missiles, i also think Barton was given a token punishment after maliciously assaulted a team mate and should have been banned for a season.

    Respect goes both ways im afraid.

    The stewarding and policing at the stadium was crap. Completely inadequate which could have descended into further violence. Only 20-30 blokes were actually involved in trying to get to each other on both sides. But if i wanted to I could have easily walked up and slapped a deluded geordie. But i didnt, 99.99% or sunderland fans are hardcore, knowledgable and good people. Pity a lot of King George lovers on this board have to try and spoil it for us.

    North east top dogs – SAFC
    next step mid table, then europe, then the world.

    The magic carpet continues – dont ever doubt it.

  19. garranderland

    October 26, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Forget the throwing things at barton issue..he deserves every last penny from the coins , asif anywhere he goes people will just accept it. and well as for the violence as quoted from above takes two too tango. just a fine maybe, deducting points suggestions must have come on because newcastle got beat.

  20. texfitz

    October 26, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    safchh – you are an inbred!!!

  21. texfitz

    October 26, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    safchh – you are inbred!!!

  22. mr c

    October 26, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    what a nerve calling the toon scum ,clearly the only scum where the mindless mackem idiots that think it is funny to hurl missiles at joey barton,very cheap and very sad, get a life idiots. who has the best record over all time!

  23. chelski4life

    October 26, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    what you talking about im chelsea supporter of old and new.
    and if you had come to the bridge of old we would have cut your face but its not the answer football violence was cut out years ago.
    sunderland deserve punishment and 10points aint enough big fat fine and at least 20 points deducted unlucky the toons who are always in the spotlight they go through so much,
    some sunderland fans are scum chavs looking to ruin football and if you win a match why be so hostile twats.
    my team lost today so goes that give me the right to risk peoples lives with violence kids go to thease matches you fucking retards and if my kids were there and any football fan started id be rather pissed off to say the least.
    anyway peace out to every football team in the country keep it clean and enjoy.

  24. Sputta

    October 26, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Do one you numpty

  25. Denise

    October 26, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I feel the FA has to act now and start deducting points. Also making teams with badly behaved fans play behind closed doors would not go amiss. Football houliganism is rearing it's ugly head again both last week and this. I fear that if the football authorities in this country continue to turn a blind eye EUFA will act and goodness knows what will happen then. This throwing missiles has to be eradicated now or someone will be badly hurt.

  26. Sputta

    October 26, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Bazander Im not a newcastle fan. But I am a fan who takes his kids to football matches.
    You cant blame the newcastle fans for retaliating. They were seriously provoked. A 15 point deduction is necessary here.

  27. Geoff M

    October 26, 2008 at 10:51 am

    A few excitable fans, we're they being excited when they took to throwing things at Barton??? I'm no big fan of the guy and belive he has no place in football, but does not justify throwing bottles and coins (which can seriously ijure pepople) regardless of his past.
    And I suppose the two numpties fronting up to given is acceptable as well, being over excited. I know you waited a long time for this winn but it is no excuse, and has no place in the premier league. God match spolit by champioonship supporters.
    A hefty fine and docked points is what's needed to stamp this out. Villa should get similar for the coin throwing the other week but that was nothing compared to this.

    Mindless numpties.

  28. Jim Baxter

    October 26, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Shoot all Mackems… This will quite simply eradicate the problem of football violence perpetrated by these simple minded neanderthals from Wearside.

  29. Bazander

    October 26, 2008 at 10:44 am

    sputta / Nat – you are both clearly newcastle scum, running scared that Sunderland are gonna finish above you, and thus looking to try and build support for docking Sunderland points. Should points be docked it will clearly have to be from both teams, the Sunderland fans were not fighting with themselves. As they say it takes 2 to tango. The have no excuse for doing what they did, and thus should be punished and if point docking is the way forward then so be it, but it has to be from both teams.
    Bazander – Lincoln

  30. Steve

    October 26, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Ban the scumbags for life. Deduct Sunland 50 points

  31. jacob

    October 26, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Here Here…deduction of ten points

  32. Euan Kerr

    October 26, 2008 at 9:41 am

    deduct 10 points

  33. Mike

    October 26, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Nat – have you been drinking sour grape juice or you just on a wind-up? A few – not “hundreds” – Sunderland fans ran onto the pitch to celebrate. They shouldn't have.

    A load of Newcastle fans ran down from the middle and top of the away end to get at them. Hence the violence.

    Oh, and the Newcastle fans also ripped out at least one seat and chucked it onto the pitch. Another 10 point deduction for Sunderland for having flimsy seats?

  34. Sputta

    October 26, 2008 at 9:23 am

    I agree with Nat. The FA mujst act by deducting points for this and for the missiles thrown at Joey Barton.

    • Bluebirds

      January 17, 2011 at 2:41 am

      Anyone throwing missiles at joey barton should get a medal not a fine.

  35. safchh

    October 26, 2008 at 9:11 am

    safc fans had the right to be exited but not to be violent i know its against the rules to go on the pitch but for this one off it should be excused. However the people fighting on the pitch should be dealt with

  36. nat

    October 26, 2008 at 8:41 am

    not only should they be made to play matches behind closed doors but they should be docked no fewer than 10 points for this despicable behavior.

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