Newcastle United have issued an official statement condemning the violence which broke out following Sunday's 3-0 defeat to rivals Sunderland.

It was an important match for both, as Newcastle and Sunderland are struggling for survival in the bottom half of the table. Sunderland came out victorious after hammering their rivals 3-0. Some of the home fans reacted badly and took out their frustration in the city centre, which resulted in 29 people being arrested. Several casualties occurred as a number of fans and police officers were injured. Bottles and stones were thrown at police officers as they stopped the Newcastle fans from attacking the Sunderland supporters.

"We were embarrassed and appalled by the behaviour of a minority of so-called fans who last night were involved in disturbances and disorder in Newcastle city centre after the match," read the club statement. "These deplorable individuals have no place at Newcastle United and bring shame on the club and the vast majority of its proper, law-abiding, fans."

Northumbria Police are investigating the incident and there are expected to be more arrests in the forthcoming days as the police study the CCTV footage.

The statement further said that the club will cooperate with the police and take strong action against those involved in the incident, by imposing lifetime bans on the culprits.

These type of incidents have been absent in English football for some time now, but this week was an exception as two high-profile incidents took place over the weekend. The first one was at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final between Millwall and Wigan, where 14 people were arrested after disturbances.

 

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