Quinn addressing crowd concerns
Niall Quinn has revealed Sunderland have been investigating the crowd trouble that marred the recent Tyne-Wear derby.
By Will Wood
Last Updated: 08/11/08 1:58pm
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has revealed the club have been investigating the crowd trouble that marred the side's derby victory over arch-rivals Newcastle United.
29 arrests were made by police after violent clashes between the two sets of fans before and after Sunderland's 2-1 victory, while two fans confronted Magpies goalkeeper Shay Given in the aftermath of Kieran Richardson's winning goal.
Controversial midfielder Joey Barton was also pelted with missiles having kissed his Newcastle shirt prior to kick-off, and with the Football Association looking into the incidents, Quinn has admitted the club needed to re-assess safety procedures within the Stadium of Light.
"I haven't spoken publicly about the work we have been doing since the Newcastle game, but I want to assure all of you that we have been working hard to produce a comprehensive report, not to apportion blame, but to make sure that we work together with the police and our own stewards to ensure that we co-operate successfully," Quinn wrote in his programme notes ahead of the club's clash with Portsmouth.
"I know that whatever problems there were at the end were caused by a variety
of reasons, and I understand the emotions of the day.
"But as thrilled and ecstatic as we were with the result, we have to work collectively to maintain the fantastic atmosphere we are renowned for, while always appreciating that the safety of every single person in the stadium is paramount."