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Violence Erupts After English Premier League Match

posted 14 Apr 2013, 11:06 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 14 Apr 2013, 11:07 ]

Police arrest 27 soccer fans as violence erupts after the English Premier League match between local rivals Newcastle and Sunderland.

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND, UK (APRIL 14, 2013) - Newcastle United fans clashed with police in the city centre after their team were beaten 3-0 at home by Sunderland in a one-sided Premier League derby at St James' Park on Sunday (April 14).

After the trouble erupted, Northumberland police tweeted: "There have been pockets of disorder involving NUFC in Newcastle city centre. No major disruption, officers are on the scene and dealing with it.

"CCTV and evidence is being gathered and action will be taken against anyone involved in these sporadic incidents in Newcastle."

Local reports indicated that a flare was thrown by Newcastle fans at Sunderlandsupporters before kick-off and the visiting team bus was greeted by hostile hordes when it arrived at the ground.

The game started at noon and ended in a resounding victory for Sunderland, their first win at their rivals since 2000 and their biggest victory in Newcastle since 1966.

Police reported making 27 arrests in the city, some outside the ground and others later as they prevented a large group of Newcastle fans confronting Sunderlandsupporters at the city's train station.

The clashes came less than 24 hours after Millwall fans disgraced the club by fighting among themselves during their FA Cup semi-final defeat by Wigan Athletic at Wembley. Eleven people were arrested.