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Leeds 'confused' over Bridcutt loan deal

Leeds United's loan move for Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt appears to be under threat - with Sam Allardyce accusing the Championship side of being 'confused' over the deal.

The Black Cats had expected the 26-year-old to be spending the next two months on loan at Elland Road. But the switch is yet to be completed, with Bridcutt remaining at Sunderland for the time being.

Speaking about the deal today, Allardyce said:

It looks like it's confused. A bit like Leeds seem to be.

– Sam Allardyce, Sunderland AFC Manager

Leeds are surrounded by uncertainty after chairman Massimo Cellino announced his intention to pull out of a deal to sell his majority stake in the club to fans.

Watch: Merseyside police apologise after 'rape joke' tweet

Merseyside Police have apologised after a member of staff sent a tweet that appeared to joke about rape.

It followed Sunderland's 6-2 defeat at Everton yesterday and was a response to a tweet sent by a member of the public.

A Twitter user wrote: "Hello. I'd like to report an incident of rape that occurred at Goodison Park, Liverpool, on November 1st at 3:00."

In response, Merseyside Police wrote: "Just confirm there was no actual rape for me? Sunderland certainly got caught with their pants down though."

The exchange has led to criticism from social media activists as well as groups which support victims of sexual violence.

Following an investigation, Merseyside Police confirmed this evening that the individual concerned has left the force by mutual consent. They say he was a member of police staff and not an officer.

Watch Helen Ford's full report here.

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Merseyside Police say sorry after 'rape joke' tweet

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A police force has apologised after it appeared to joke about rape.

Merseyside Police was criticised after responding to a tweet sent to the force's official Twitter account following Everton's 6-2 victory over Sunderland.

A Twitter user wrote: "Hello. I'd like to report an incident of rape that occurred at Goodison Park, Liverpool, on November 1st at 3:00."

In response, Merseyside Police wrote: "Just to confirm there was no actual rape for me? Sunderland certainly got caught with their pants down though."

Minutes later the force responded to another Twitter user who tweeted: "I'd like to report an incident that's been going on for ages. Chelsea get raped every week, can you help?"

Merseyside Police responded: "Afraid not, it's not a criminal offence to lose week in, week out."

Following criticism from Twitter users, the force deleted the tweets nearly two hours after they were posted and issued an apology.


Sunderland brought crashing down to earth by Everton

Sunderland were brought crashing down to earth. Credit: PA

Sunderland have been trashed by a ruthless Everton side that put six goals past them.

Hot from last week's victory over Newcastle, the Black Cats were cooled down decisively at Goodison park.

Sunderland had four chances early on, hitting the same post twice, but they just couldn't find the back of the net.

It didn't take long for Everton to capitalise on the wastefulness. In the 19th minute Deulofeu broke away from the pack and finished confidently past Pantilimon, for his first goal of the season.

Deulofeu scored the first. Credit: PA

Arouna Kone scored the second, finishing well after a one-two with Lukaku.

Kone scored the second. Credit: PA

Hope returned before half time, as Defoe controlled a long ball and finished brilliantly, surrounded by Everton defenders.

Defoe finished well. Credit: PA

Sunderland started the second half with intent.

A high cross from Coates reached Steven Fletcher, who headed the equaliser.

But the recovery was short lived. Deulofeu's outstanding pass looked destined for Lukaku, but Coates got there first to put it into his own goal.

Lukaku then scored a superb solo effort, running past a tiring Black Cats defence, and rounding the goalkeeper.

Kone score his second after an impressive team move, and he then bagged a hat-trick with a header, making it six for Everton.

The result leaves Sunderland in the relegation zone, a point and a place below Newcastle.

Newcastle admit FA charge over derby red card reaction

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off against Sunderland Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle United have admitted to a Football Association charge of failing to control their players in last weekend's Tyne-Wear derby defeat at Sunderland.

The FA charge relates to the reaction of the players over a match official's decision in added-time in the first-half, when Sunderland were awarded a penalty and Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off. The Argentinean's red card has since been rescinded.

The Magpies have now admitted the charge but have also submitted an application for it to be reassessed due to mitigating circumstances.

Sunderland look for post-derby boost at Everton

Sunderland Manager Sam Allardyce was delighted with last Sunday's victory over Newcastle United - but he's warned his players they'll need to play better if they're to keep up the good work away at Everton on Sunday.

Allardyce sat down for his pre-match press conference at 9am this morning. He discussed the boost of Sunderland's 6th successive Derby win over Newcastle. He also discussed his man management style and he started by addressing his side's injury problems ahead of the trip to Goodison Park.

Newcastle succeed in Coloccini derby red card appeal

Newcastle have successfully appealed Fabricio Coloccini's red card in the Wear-Tyne derby, although the Football Association has charged the club with failing to control their players in the aftermath of that decision in the defeat to Sunderland.

Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini remonstrates with the fourth official as he leaves the field of play after receiving a red card on Sunday. Credit: PA

Tempers frayed at the Stadium of Light after the Magpies captain was given a straight red card in first-half injury time, having appeared to bundle over Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher as he raced towards goal.

Newcastle lodged an appeal after the 3-0 loss for wrongful dismissal - something the FA accepted, meaning Coloccini will now not have to serve a one-match ban.

The club have, though, been charged with failing to control their players after they furiously harangued referee Robert Madley.

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