The police have a right to interfere in when games are played

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Do they really have to interfere in Sunderland and Newcastle United’s affairs?

Date: 8th January 2014 at 6:32pm
Written by Ollie Bishop

Newcastle United and Sunderland seemed to have put their rivalry aside for a moment in order to launch an astonishing attack on Northumbria Police, the force that oversees their Premier League derby encounters. The force had previously insisted that they had no influence over kick off times for the Northeast derby, and in direct response to this claim the respective clubs released this joint statement:  “Newcastle United and Sunderland are surprised and disappointed with the statement issued yesterday by Northumbria Police in which the force claims that the police cannot direct changes to kick-off times for the clubs’ fixtures, referring in ­particular to the derby games,” the statement read. “Over a number of years both clubs have made repeated representations to Northumbria Police to try and reach agreement over kick-off times to enable a traditional 3pm kick-off, or later, to enable broadcasters to give the game consideration in the majority of their ... Read More


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