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« on: April 14, 2013, 10:09:14 PM »
Football's weekend of shame continues as rioting breaks out on streets of Newcastle
 Riots in city centre follow derby between Newcastle and Sunderland
 Fans seen throwing bricks, rocks and flash bangs at police officers

 Wheelie bins were set alight and police horses reared up in terror
 Three officers are injured and 27 people arrested during the clashes

 Violence came after fighting in the stands in FA Cup semi final yesterday

 Fourteen suspects now arrested over the trouble in Wembley Stadium

By Leon Watson
PUBLISHED:17:04, 14 April 2013| UPDATED:19:41, 14 April 2013

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Newcastle city centre has seen some of the worst rioting in living memory after football fans clashed with police after a key derby game.
Violence erupted after Sunderland beat rivals Newcastle United three nil in the Tyne-Wear derby today with fans throwing bricks, rocks and flash bangs at the police.
Wheelie bins were set alight and police horses reared up in terror as the missiles were hurled at them near St James's Park.

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Supporters were allegedly seen throwing firecrackers and glass bottles, and setting fire to wheelie bins following Newcastle's 3-0 defeat to rivals Sunderland

This man dressed in Newcastle colours was led away by a police officer in riot gear with blood on his face

Fans set alight this bin as trouble spread in Newcastle city centre

Stand-off: Police hold down a fan wearing Newcastle's black and white strip

Three officers were injured, one of whom was taken to hospital, and 27 people were arrested.
Even before the game began Newcastle fans were needling Sunderland as they Nazi saluted the team bus on its arrival at the ground with manager Di Canio on board.
As police escorted Sunderland fans to the train station once the match had finished chaos ensued as defeated Newcastle fans began to attack their rivals.

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Police and Sunderland fans desperately tried to shield themselves from the missiles which were being thrown from all directions.
Terrified workers at Newcastle train station locked the doors to keep out the rioters and protect the people inside.
Officers on horseback charged at fans but instead of keeping back some pushed back at the police instead.
 VIDEO  Shocking violence in Newcastle after Tyne-Wear derby 

A strong police presence is visible on the streets of Newcastle amongst Newcastle United fans following the Tyne-Wear derby match

A police officer at the scene said: 'This is the worst rioting I have seen in the city centre for decades'

A Newcastle fan is pulled to the ground by police after confronting an officer on horseback

Some unruly fans, who taunted the police and rival supporters as they walked through the streets, were wrestled to the ground by officers.
A photographer had a narrow escape when a smoke canister was thrown in his direction from the crowd.

A police officer at the scene said: 'This is the worst rioting I have seen in the city centre for decades.'
A shocked shopper added: 'It was terrifying and complete chaos. The Newcastle fans were chucking flares, bits of pavement, rocks, anything they could get their hands on.
'Wheelie bins were set alight causing the police horses to rear up in fear. I don't know if anybody has been hurt or not.'
The violence followed ugly scenes yesterday at Wembley Stadium in London in the Millwall supporters' area.

A fan wearing a scarf over his mouth appears to be squaring up to mounted police in Newcastle city centre

Officers try to hold back a throng of fans running down a road after the match

A crowd of fans, some wearing Newcastle kit, appear to confront police in the city centre
The south London club lost their FA Cup semi final against Wigan and fights erupted among the supporters, leaving some fans with bloodied noses and younger ones weeping as they watched fans and officers clash.
Supporters were filmed rushing at police, and one man was seen appearing to hide an officer's hat underneath his coat and walk away from the row laughing.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed 14 fans were arrested, 12 from Millwall. Four police officers received minor injuries in the trouble, some of which was shown live on television.
Meanwhile, Northumbria police expect to make more arrests in relation to today's disorder over the coming days once officers have gathered CCTV evidence.
A force spokeswoman said: 'The most serious incident involved a group of Newcastle fans in Central Station attempting to confront Sunderland supporters, but they were intercepted by officers from British Transport Police.
'During this incident missiles were thrown at the officers, which resulted in three injuries to officers - one of them requiring assessment at hospital.

Even before the game began Newcastle fans were needling Sunderland as they Nazi saluted the team bus on its arrival at the ground with manager Di Canio on board

Led away: A fan is escorted by a police officer following the Tyne-Wear derby match today

Targets: police officers came under attack from marauding Newcastle supporters in the city centre

'Police said they received reports of minor incidents, including the release of smoke canisters, before and during the match.
'It is believed that Newcastle fans were also involved in a series of sporadic incidents of disorder in the city centre following the match.'

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, of Northumbria Police, added: 'The vast majority of fans were well behaved today and enjoyed the Tyne-Wear derby for the great occasion that it is.
'Disappointingly, there was some disorder involving what appear to be Newcastle United supporters following the match in the city centre, including an incident at Central Station.
'Disruptive behaviour of any kind is not tolerated. Inquiries will take place into these incidents and action will be taken against all those involved.

'This was very much a partnership operation and a lot of planning went into what is a large scale policing operation to ensure that genuine fans were able to enjoy the game.

Disgraceful scenes: The rioting followed Newcastle's 3-0 defeat to Sunderland this afternoon

Handcuffed: A total of 27 people were arrested and three officers were injured during today's clashes

Clashes: Once the match had finished chaos ensued as defeated Newcastle fans began to attack their rivals

'Public safety is always our number one priority during any football match.
'For those who chose to get involved in disruptive behaviour they were either dealt with swiftly by officers or will be subject to retrospective action at a later date.'
More than 50,000 people were at the match and Sunderland supporters were held inside the ground for 20 minutes after the final whistle before being escorted to coaches and the station.

Today's fixture in the North East was the first time the clubs have met since Sunderland appointed Italian Paolo Di Canio as manager.
His arrival at the Stadium of Light has been surrounded by controversy because of his political views.
Former foriegn secretary David Miliband resigned from the Sunderland board following Di Canio's appointment.

Derby day: A flare is thrown as Sunderland and Newcastle fans are kept apart by police officers

Trouble flared: The two sets of supporters baited and taunted each other outside St James' Park

The former Lazio player had previously been quoted as saying he was a 'fascist not a racist' and was pictured giving what appeared to be a 'Roman salute' to supporters at the Rome club.
Newcastle fans had been warned ahead of today's match not to make any racist or fascist gestures towards Sunderland supporters.

Chief Supt Steve Neill, in charge of derby-day policing, told fans that any offensive gestures in or around St James' Park would not be tolerated.

Speaking last week he said: 'Offensive gestures, particularly those with a suggestion of racist connotations, are completely unacceptable and we will take positive action against anyone seen acting in an offensive or racist manner.
'While some individuals may see this sort of behaviour as a means of poking fun at opposing fans, it is not a joke.

'Offensive behaviour can constitute a criminal offence and such behaviour is taken seriously.'

Taunts: Newcastle fans give a hostile reception to Sunderland players and staff arriving ahead of kick off

Build up: It was the first time the sides had met since the controversial appointment of Paolo Di Canio
He also reminded fans there would be CCTV at the match. He added: 'Football matches are routinely monitored by CCTV.
'Even if action is not taken during the match, it can be checked retrospectively and we have demonstrated on numerous previous occasions our ability to trace offenders and  put them before the courts, which can lead to a criminal record and possible football banning order.
'I would urge fans to act responsibly and reflect upon the impact any form of disorder or offensive behaviour has on others, themselves, the reputation of both clubs and the North East.'
Meanwhile, Millwall have vowed to do all they can to root out the troublemakers following yesterday's disgraceful scenes inside the national stadium, but are aware the reputation they have worked tirelessly to rebuild is in danger of being wrecked.
'As a club we are devastated by the scenes we saw yesterday, which are in danger of undoing much of the good work we have done to try and change the perception of the club,' said a Millwall spokesman.
'We are trying to find the answers to what happened.'

Showpiece: Trouble broke out between supporters during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley yesterday

Punch-up: Some supporters were left bloodied by the 'sporadic violence and disorder' inside the ground

Bad end: Many fans looked horrified as rows erupted in the stands after the disappointing match for Millwall

A spokesman said it could not provide a breakdown of which arrests were Millwall and which Wigan, but the two Wigan supporters were not involved in disorder with Millwall fans.
Four of the arrests were for affray, one for affray and possession of Class A drugs, one for affray and assault on police, two for public order offences, one for assault causing actual bodily harm and possession of Class A drugs, one for a racially-aggravated public order offence, one for ticket touting, one for possession of Class A drugs, one for theft and possession of offensive weapon, and one for breach of a banning order.
The police spokesman said: 'A number of lines of inquiry are being pursued. There will be a significant post-match review and further investigation will take place to identify those responsible for committing offences.'
The information is the latest stage of a combined investigation, involving the police, FA and Millwall aimed at finding out the reasons why yesterday's game attracted so much trouble.
There has already been criticism in some quarters for the evening kick-off time, which offered supporters the chance to consume an excess of alcohol.
Some Millwall supporters were seen drinking heavily in the car parks around Wembley two hours before the match was due to start.

The ugly game: A minority of Millwall supporters continue to tarnish the reputation of the south London club

Disorder: Police officers clashed with supporters when the fighting broke out inside the national stadium
Privately though, the FA do not feel this is a significant issue given the number of high-profile matches at the stadium that have had evening kick-offs, including, two seasons ago, a Manchester derby semi-final, and last year an all-Merseyside encounter.
In addition, Millwall featured in League One play-off finals in both 2009 and 2010 and both passed off peacefully.
It is for this reason that officials of the south London outfit do not believe the fact some tickets were put on general sale will prove to be significant in the trouble as they have adopted exactly the same procedure in the past.
The club were as astounded by the apparent sight of their own fans fighting with each other, which has led some to privately wonder whether there was a premeditated element to the disorder.
Millwall manager Kenny Jackett said: 'I know how hard the directors have worked to give the club a good image in recent years.
'We've overcome many hurdles in that area. It has no part in football, it's not what people go to football for.'

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