Commissioner's plea over football derby kick-off row

The Northern Echo: Vera Baird: "Talk through your differences'' Vera Baird: "Talk through your differences''

POLICE and football clubs are being urged to talk through their differences over Tyne-Wear derbv kick-offs.

Premier League rivals Sunderland and Newcastle have publicly argued with Northumbria Police over the staging of the matches.

The row erupted after fans of both clubs jointly plans to make the next encounter, at St James’ Park on the lunchtime of Saturday February 1, a “bubble match’’ in which the sale of tickets to away fans was conditional on them travelling on Sunderland’s official coaches.

Sunderland withdrew the condition and both clubs rejected Northumbria Police’s assertion that it did not direct kick-odd times, saying they wanted later starts to the games.

Now the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is urging both sides to talk.

She said: “The safety of fans, residents and visitors to the city is paramount and Northumbria Police have a duty to ensure public safety at all times.

“That is why the police welcomed the proposal by Sunderland AFC to provide a safe way of travelling to Newcastle by using coaches provided by the club. “

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6:40pm Wed 8 Jan 14

behonest says...

She said: “The safety of fans, residents and visitors to the city is paramount and Northumbria Police have a duty to ensure public safety at all times."

Yes, we all know that - it's a statement of the obvious. But can the police direct kick-off times, Vera - yes or no? Should the clubs be able to have later kick-off times as they have said they want, Vera - yes or no? What is your view?

You can always rely on Vera Baird to say something that is of no use to anyone.
She said: “The safety of fans, residents and visitors to the city is paramount and Northumbria Police have a duty to ensure public safety at all times." Yes, we all know that - it's a statement of the obvious. But can the police direct kick-off times, Vera - yes or no? Should the clubs be able to have later kick-off times as they have said they want, Vera - yes or no? What is your view? You can always rely on Vera Baird to say something that is of no use to anyone. behonest
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4:50am Thu 9 Jan 14

BMD says...

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, must be feeling a little off colour, she never managed to blame the current Government.

Vera, your Labour and Union paymasters wont be happy.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, must be feeling a little off colour, she never managed to blame the current Government. Vera, your Labour and Union paymasters wont be happy. BMD
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