Football yobs who caused disorder at last season’s Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light have been banned from going to games after their actions were captured on CCTV.
Four Newcastle United fans were identified by police after chairs were damaged and coins thrown at home fans following the April 5 match on Wearside, which the Black Cats won 1-0 thanks to a Jermain Defoe goal.
Kyle Binks, Michael James Bland, Adam Thomas Inskip and Aaron Carruthers, all NUFC fans who were in the away end for the Easter Sunday game, admitted letting their frustrations boil over at a hearing at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Binks, 23, Bland, also 23, and Carruthers, 22, all admitted causing criminal damage after security footage studied in the days after the game showed them kicking chairs.
Inskip, 24, admitted a charge of throwing missiles at fellow spectators after he hurled coins from his pocket at Sunderland fans sitting below.
Binks, Bland and Inskip were all handed three-year football banning orders, meaning they will not be allowed to attend Newcastle United home or away games, or go to matches involving the English national side.
Carruthers is set to be sentenced at the same court next month, after Mr Elsey allowed to delay his decision as the defendant is hoping to secure employment subject to a medical.
Prosecutor Glenda Beck told the hearing that all four men were seen causing damage or in Inskip’s case throwing coins, on the Stadium of Light’s CCTV footage when it was reviewed on April 7.
The quartet, who all chose to appear in court without legal representation, all apologised to the court.
Binks, of Rutland Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, said: “It was very out of character for me and it won’t happen again.
“That’s it really. It was stupid.”
He was ordered to pay a fine £130, a £20 victim surcharge, £50 in compensation to Sunderland AFC and costs of £50, while also being handed a three-year banning order.
Bland, of St Aidan’s Drive, also Bishop Auckland, said: “It was completely out of character.
“I had had a lot to drink on the day but it does not excuse what I did.
“I’ve been following Newcastle United for 12 years now and this was a mistake. I’m really sorry.”
Bland was also made to pay a fine of £130, a £20 victim surcharge, £50 in compensation to Sunderland AFC and costs of £50 as well as being made the subject of a banning order.
Inskip, of Hillside, in Birtley, Gateshead, told the hearing: “It was totally unacceptable and totally out of character for me.
“It was a stupid thing and I’ve let my family down. Stupidity has cost me.”
He was fined £200, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £50 in costs.
Carruthers, of Howson Crescent, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, who Ms Beck told the court was seen “kicking and stamping on the seat”, said in interview he wasn’t aware had caused any damage and “didn’t intend to do so”.
He is set to appear at the court again on Friday, November 13, where he will be sentenced.