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'Appalled' football club plans lifetime bans for hooligans

Newcastle United is to introduce lifetime bans for football hooligans.

Announcing the move, the club said that it was "embarrassed and appalled" by the behaviour of those involved in the disturbances after their 3-0 defeat to Sunderland at St James's Park on Sunday.

It said: "We were embarrassed and appalled by the behaviour of a minority of so-called fans who were involved in disturbances and disorder in Newcastle city centre after the match."

The statement continued: "Newcastle United have been working with Northumbria Police, and will continue to do so, in order to identify all of the individuals concerned.

"The club. . . will impose immediate lifetime bans on all those found guilty.

"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."

A total of 29 arrests were made after pockets of violence broke out in the city centre after the game.

Video footage showed some supporters throwing bottles at police, while one man was photographed apparently aiming a blow at a police horse.

Bud, of West Yorkshire Police's mounted section, is now back home in his paddock safe and well after the suspected attacker was wrestled to the ground by officers, and Northumbria police said he had been bailed pending further inquiries.

The West Yorkshire Police Horses Twitter account tweeted a picture of Bud, saying he was not injured during the scuffle. It said: "Bud is safe in his stable and appears fine. All our horses are fit and well, resting and relaxed."

Three police officers were injured during the clashes as sirens rang out across the city centre in the immediate aftermath of the game.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, of Northumbria Police, said: "The vast majority of fans were well-behaved... 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."

British Transport Police (BTP) announced they made 36 football-related arrests including for violence and racist abuse during a number of outbreaks of football disorder over the weekend, including at Newcastle.

Among the injured police was a female officer who was taken to hospital after a brick was thrown at her shoulder.

Following the second FA Cup semi-final, four Manchester City supporters were arrested at rail stations for offences including racially aggravated public order, assaulting a train conductor and possession of drugs.

Four Chelsea supporters were arrested at Wembley Park for offences including common assault and racially aggravated offences.

On Saturday, BTP officers arrested six Millwall supporters for offences including affray, theft, racially aggravated and public order offences and being drunk and disorderly. In other incidents, 11 Watford fans were detained at Kings Cross. BTP Chief Constable Andrew Trotter said: "This was a busy and, very testing weekend of football.

Irish Independent