SUNDERLAND have released a statement regarding a number of incidents involving fan behaviour in their 1-1 draw with Coventry City at the weekend.

It relates to reports of pyrotechnics, bottles and coins thrown towards supporters who were seated in the North Stand during Sunday’s Championship opener against the Sky Blues.

Police will now investigate the incidents. The statement read: 'Sunderland AFC is extremely disappointed by the conduct of a small minority of visiting supporters during the Club’s fixture against Coventry City.

'Several incidents have been reported by fans of both Clubs following Sunday’s match, with objects including pyrotechnics, bottles and coins allegedly thrown towards home supporters located in the North Stand.

'Investigations by Northumbria Police and West Midlands Police are ongoing to identify the persons responsible and SAFC is currently in dialogue with supporters’ groups to ensure appropriate preventative measures are put in place.

'The Club sincerely apologises to any supporters – home or away – impacted by this completely unacceptable behaviour and assures them that it will not be tolerated at the Stadium of Light.'