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Toon fans top banning order list

Newcastle United fans got the highest number of banning orders last season in England and Wales, figures have revealed.

There were 95 imposed on supporters of the Premier League team in the 2013/14 season according to Home Office data.

Fans of League One side Chesterfield received the second-highest number of banning orders at 22, while League Two side Shrewsbury Town saw 21 bans issued to its supporters.

The total number of football banning orders decreased by 7% to 2,273 as on September 3 2014, from 2,451 on September 20 2013.

This represents 678 new banning orders imposed during the period, on top of those already in place.

Football banning orders aim to block potential troublemakers from travelling to football matches - both at home and abroad - and are issued by the courts following a conviction for a football-related offence. They can also be issued after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force.

Falcons Falter in European Challenge Cup

Newcastle Falcons have had a setback in their bid to reach the knock-out stage of the European Challenge Cup.

Falcons lost to French side, Brive, by 9 points to 7 at Kingston Park tonight (Thursday).

Around two and a half thousand supporters at Kingston Park watched a frustrating match.

Falcons scored the only try of the game, but Brive went through thanks to three penalties - in a match of inconsistent refereeing decisions.

With the qualifying group tight, tonight's tie was effectively a 'winner takes all' contest for a place in the Quarter-Finals.

Brive now head Pool 3, with one round of games to play.

NEWCASTLE FALCONS 7 BRIVE 9

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Sunderland hires top Italian recruiters

Sunderland AFC has appointed a new Director of Football and Chief Scout as it restructures its recruitment team.

Roberto De Fanti joins the club in the newly-created Director of Football role. And Chief Scout Valentino Angeloni is being welcomed to the Black Cats from Italian giants Inter Milan.

Work on the summer recruitment process has already commenced, with players Valentin Roberge, Adilson Tavares Varela (Cabral) and Modibo Diakité set to join the club in July. Sunderland AFC CEO, Margaret Byrne, said:

“Roberto and Valentino bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge and football contacts from across Europe and indeed the world and we are delighted to welcome them to Sunderland.

“The recruitment of players is of course key for any football club and Roberto and Valentino will work closely with the Head Coach and the Board to identify targets as we look to strengthen our squad for next season and beyond.

“I would also like to extend our thanks to the President of Inter Milan, Massimo Moratti, who graciously agreed to allow Valentino to make the move to Sunderland.”

– Sunderland AFC CEO, Margaret Byrne

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Historic sporting medals up for sale

A collection of historic Newcastle United medals are to be auctioned tomorrow, December 4.

The memorabilia belonged to Frank Watt, who was in charge of the club until 1935 - before the title of 'manager' was in use.

Nine medals in total are up for sale, including a Football League winner's medal from 1927.

Experts at Anderson and Garland Auction House in Newcastle say there has been plenty of interest.

NUFC medals go under the hammer

Some of the North East's sporting heritage is set to go on sale tomorrow (December 4th) as footballing medals and photographs go under the hammer at Newcastle's Anderson and Garland auction house.

Medals belonging to Newcastle United's Frank "Guv'nor" Watt are expected to be in high demand.

Nine medals - including some from the early 1900s and 1920s - have been valued at £6000 at Tuesday's Fine Art and Antiques Sale.

"The football medals belonging to Frank Watt are a fantastic piece of sporting history and NUFC fans will tell you how ambitious he was for the club, declaring on his arrival: 'We are going to be the best team in the country.'

For that reason and due to his success at the club, we expect the collection to sell extremely well."

– Fred Wyrley-Birch, Anderson and Garland

Streakers could be sued by Newcastle United

Two streakers whose behaviour landed Newcastle United with heavy fines could soon face legal action from the football club.

Two separate incidents of streaking took place during the Europa League games at St James' Park, a competition that Newcastle had not played in since 2004.

They have already been fined 7000 euros for 21-year-old Steven Arkle's behaviour during the match against Atromitos, holding up play as he ran naked across the pitch.

Newcastle United could face being charged as much as 17,000 euros in total, as fines for the second incident are yet to be imposed.

John Parkinson from Rotherham ran onto the pitch in just an England t-shirt during the game against Bordeaux of France.

Security for Thursday night's match against Belgian side Brugge will be stepped up to prevent any repeat from happening.

"I'm pleased they pleaded guilty and we at the club hope that they receive strong sentences. It is not just to punish them but also to act as a deterrent to others.

We will be actively seeking compensation through the court for the financial penalty imposed by Uefa and we are taking legal advice to consider taking civil action against both men."

– Steve Storey, Head of Security for Newcastle United
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