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Fan fury as Sunderland roll out red carpet for bitter rivals Newcastle


Sunderland are facing a major fans’ backlash after decking out a bar at the Stadium of Light in the colours of arch rivals Newcastle.

The sides clash on Saturday in the FA Cup third round, the first time they have met since 2016 in what is expected to be a typically hostile Wear-Tyne derby.

Newcastle have controversially been given over 6,000 tickets for the game – including a section in the stadium’s North Stand that incorporates the Black Cats Bar, an area that home fans usually gather in before matches.

If that wasn’t galling enough for Sunderland supporters, pictures have now emerged showing visiting fans who shelled out £600 per person for tickets in the bar have been rewarded by the removal of Sunderland signage and the erection of various Newcastle slogans.

The images have not gone down well with many fans accusing owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus of failing to grasp the hostility towards Newcastle, and putting profit before heritage.

Sunderland fans group, the Red and White Army, who get regular access to the club’s board, have expressed the feelings of many Wearsiders, telling those responsible they should “hang their heads in shame”.

Louis-Dreyfus also came in for criticism recently for sacking the popular Tony Mowbray and replacing him with former Rangers boss Michael Beale.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.


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