Newcastle and Sunderland fined after derby bust-up

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NEWCASTLE United and Sunderland have been fined £40,000 and £20,000 respectively after both clubs admitted a charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

The incident, which also saw both teams being warned as to their future conduct, occurred in the 19th minute of their game on March 4 and followed a challenge by Sunderland's James McClean on Newcastle's Danny Simpson.

As this is Newcastle United's second misconduct charge of a similar nature in the same season, the standard punishment fine has been doubled in line with current regulations.

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