Get the latest from the Stadium of Light as Sunderland host Newcastle in today's Wear-Tyne derby
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Match ended Sunderland 2 - 1 Newcastle.
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York are away to Bristol Rovers
Officers from Northumbria Police say they have arrested seven men ahead of today's derby match.
They were arrested after a search in the Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham areas at about 5am this morning.
The seven - aged 18, 19, 20, 26, 51, 57, 57 - were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit violent disorder and breaching football banning order conditions.
They are currently in custody and enquiries are ongoing. During the searches officers say they seized a number of smoke canisters.
– Chief Supt Steve Neill, Northumbria Police
"As part of the planning for today's derby game we executed a number of warrants based on intelligence that we had received.
"We want today's match to be as safe and enjoyable for supporters as possible and we will continue to take action when and where appropriate to ensure that this is the case."
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says a victory for his side over Sunderland this weekend would leave the Black Cats in a "difficult position".
Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League table with just one point heading into Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light.
Northumbria Police issued a zero tolerance message to anyone planning to head to the North East football derby, intent on causing trouble.
*Kenny Toal reports. *