Police patrol a silent Stadium of Light as Sunderland fans heed stay at home message despite Wembley victory

But for covid, the Stadium of Light would have been the scene of much jubilation after Sunderland’s victory in the Papa John’s Trophy final at Wembley.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 8:34 pm
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 1:25 pm

This evening, though, the home of the Black Cats was eerily silent, a few police vehicles standing guard just in case any crowds did turn out as covid restrictions barring gatherings remain in place.

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Police outside the Stadium of Light after Sunderland won the Papa John's Trophy

She said: "Whatever you’re celebrating, make sure you do it safely and stay at home to help us keep moving in the right direction.”

Congratulation SAFC after the win, Sunderland City Council tweeted: “However you’re celebrating please do it sensibly at home.

“We must all do our bit to protect ourselves, those around us and our communities.”

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Police outside the Stadium of Light after Sunderland won the Papa John's Trophy
Police outside the Stadium of Light after Sunderland won the Papa John's Trophy