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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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Charity ride in memory of Northumberland footballer

Former Blyth Spartans footballer, Scott Bell

A group is cycling from Sunderland to Blyth this morning, in memory of a former amateur footballer who died from motor neurone disease.

Scott Bell died last October at the age of thirty five. Scott had played for the non-league side Blyth Spartans.

Today, his friends and supporters are cycling from the Stadium of Light to Blyth Spartans' ground Croft Park, via St James' Park.

Scott was a huge Manchester United fan; the ride has been timed to coincide with Newcastle United's home game against David Moyes' side.

Sunderland lose 2-1 away to Liverpool

Something special: Daniel Sturridge's spectacular left-footed strike saw the Black Cats go 2-0 down just inside the second half. Credit: PA

Sunderland faced a tough challenge tonight as they travelled to title-chasing Liverpool.

The Black Cats nearly kept their hosts at bay until half-time but Vito Mannone could not keep out a Steven Gerrard free-kick in the 39th minute.

Liverpool added insult to injury just after the break, they were able to pass it around the Sunderland box until Daniel Sturridge executed a spectacular left-footed strike.

However, the Black Cats were not prepared to let Liverpool have it all their own way: Adam Johnson's corner crept through to the far post to find the head of the unmarked Ki Sung-Yueng.

A nervous 15 minutes followed but it finished 2-1 to Liverpool. You can see more on all the action here.

Tuesday's football results

Adding insult to injury: Everton's Leon Osman scores his side's third goal. Credit: PA
Sitting it out: Alan Pardew has now completed his three-match stadium ban for headbutting Hull's David Meyler earlier this month.

There were mixed results for our region’s football teams tonight.

The last game of Alan Pardew's three-match stadium ban mean he did not see his Newcastle side beaten 3-0 at home to Everton.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw at Huddersfield.

Hartlepool had a 2-1 lead at one stage at home to Mansfield but they then collapsed to a 4-2 defeat.

There was better news for York City – they climbed into the League Two play-off positions after a 1-0 win against Torquay.

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