BLACK CATS SET FOR CHARGE?
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Scottish international scored against his former side on 61 minutes, before Jari Litmanen netted a late equaliser for The Reds from a disputable penalty, but he along with his two colleagues may be punished for sharing their jubilation with the supporters in the stand.
Peter Reid, who stayed tight-lipped about the other the justification of Liverpool's penalty, was appalled when the official Graham Barber told him of his plans to report the three players.
"I've just been told that three of my players have been cautioned for over-zealous celebrations of the goal," Reid said. "Now football is about passion and I think when you get goals, it's a really important part of the game.
"Maybe I'm pre-empting this, but I find it staggering, I've got to say, petty and small-minded because they're our fans and it's a fantastic occasion to score against Liverpool.
"For the life of me, it's one of them. They're going to be reported to the FA for over-zealous celebrations. There were tackles going in there, it was a fast, quick game, entertaining. What does he want from a football match?"
Reid will be especially unhappy if his players get punished as Hutchison, Alex Rae, Michael Gray and Kevin Phillips are all due to start periods of suspension - at a time when Sunderland are looking to push for a Champions League place.