Black Cats suspend quartet

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Sunderland have confirmed that four players involved in alleged public order incidents have been suspended until thorough investigations have taken place.

Chris Brown, 19, and Ryan Bell and Sean Taylor, both 18, were cautioned by Northumbria police on Monday following reports of three men firing pellets out of a car.

Youth team player Niall Flynn, 18,  was arrested and bailed for a similar incident on Saturday night.

Brown has been named as substitute for the first team by Mick McCarthy twice this season after a successful loan spell at Doncaster Rovers last year.

He was meant to be involved in a Black Cats reserve game with Leeds on Wednesday, along with Taylor and Flynn.

A club spokesperson said: "Sunderland Football Club is taking the allegations very seriously and does not condone any form of anti-social behaviour.

"The club can confirm that it has already commenced a thorough investigation into the alleged incidents.

"The players involved have been informed that, for the duration of this investigation, that they will be made unavailable for selection for any fixtures and have been suspended from normal duties until the investigation, which may result in disciplinary action, has been concluded."