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Sunderland fans’ party plan ruined by Russian festival

TRAFALGAR SQUARE ... will be close for a Russian spring festival.

TRAFALGAR SQUARE ... will be close for a Russian spring festival.

TENS of thousands of Sunderland fans hoping to descend on Trafalgar Square for a pre-cup final party have had their plans thrown into chaos after it was revealed the area will be closed because of a Russian spring festival.

Organised through online forums and fanzines, Black Cats supporters had decided to meet up for a celebration the night before Sunday’s showdown with Manchester City.

But Trafalgar Square is playing host to Maslenitsa, a Russian sun festival, this weekend and transport chiefs have advised Sunderland fans that most of the area will be closed off.

Other locations, such as Covent Garden, which is half a mile away, are now being mooted as a possible alternative meeting point for fans.

 

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