Newcastle and Sunderland fans have won their battle to change travel arrangements for the next Tyne Wear Derby.
Following violence at some recent matches, the clubs announced that they would only allow travelling supporters, who used buses laid on for the occasion, to get inside the ground.
Those who travel under their own steam would not be allowed in. Described as a "bubble-match", the move was designed to ensure that both sets of supporters were kept apart during the next derby - at St James' Park on February the first.
However this evening (January 7th) the clubs released a statement backing down.
"After considering the police position, Sunderland AFC will be withdrawing the terms and conditions of ticket sales, which previously stated that all supporters must attend the game on official transport. "
"The arrangements to provide complimentary buses and supporters branch transport will remain in place and Sunderland AFC advises fans that this is the safest method of travel to St James’ Park."
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