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Boro fan charged after incident during minute's silence

A Middlesbrough fan will appear in court next month after being charged with being drunk inside a sports ground following Boro's match at Burnley on Saturday.

Football crowds around the country observed a minute's silence Credit: Dave Howarth/PA

Police said a man was arrested after an incident occurred during the minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Stephen Bentley, 38, of Maddren Way, Middlesbrough is due to appear before magistrates in Burnley on Friday, 2nd May.

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Ashington referee gets Wembley call up

Michael Oliver studied Sport and Exercise Development at Sunderland University.

A 29-year-old referee from Ashington will take charge of the FA Cup semi-final, between Wigan and Arsenal, this weekend.

Michael Oliver became the youngest person to referee a FA Cup semi-final last year, when he saw Wigan beat Millwall. He was also the youngest person to oversee a Premier League match, at the age of 25, in August 2010.

He studied Sport and Exercise Development at Sunderland University, graduating in 2009.

The match, at Wembley Stadium, will kick-off at 5.07pm this Saturday.

Middlesbrough beat Birmingham 3-1

Middlesbrough's Nathaniel Chalobah keeps track of Birmingham's Emyr Huws. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough enjoyed a convincing win over Birmingham City at the Riverside tonight.

Goals from Graham and Butterfield put them 2-0 up after 31 minutes but Birmingingham did get one back before the break. Things continued to go Boro's way in the second half: Tomlin sealed the victory with a close-range shot after 89 minutes.

It is the third victory in a row for Aitor Karanka's men.

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Charity ride to remember friend

Next to Sir Bobby Robson statue part way through charity bike ride Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Friends of a former Northumberland footballer who died from motor neurone disease are riding from Sunderland to Blyth to raise money for charity.

Scott Bell played with the non league side Blyth Spartans.

On route from the Stadium of Light to Blyth, the group paid a visit to St James' Park.

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