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Northumbria Police has released a statement as next season's football fixtures are released.
In it they say they are working closely with football clubs, the local authorities and the Football Association to ensure the safety of those attending matches and members of the public.
Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: "We have policed many derby games in the past and are well equipped to deal with such events, we know derby's are passionate occasions for both sets of supporters and we work with partners to make them enjoyable days for all.
"Northumbria Police is well experienced in policing numerous large scale events across the force while also ensuring minimum disruption to people making use of shops, bars and attractions in the cities and towns throughout the area.
"We note next season's fixtures, which have just been released, and along with our partners, we will work to deliver a safe and enjoyable day."
Newcastle United will host Premier League champions Manchester City in their opening match of the 2014 / 2015 season, while Sunderland are away to West Bromwich Albion.
The Tyne-Wear derby is just five days before Christmas, on 20th December.