The Telegraph newspaper has apologised to Sunderland player Adam Johnson after accusing him of celebrating a goal with a malicious aeroplane gesture. The celebration took place during the Wear-Tyne derby at the weekend.
This comes after two Newcastle United fans were killed on the MH17 flight that was shot down over Ukraine.
"In an earlier version of this report, we included the accusation that Adam Johnson had goaded Newcastle’s supporters with an aeroplane celebration after he scored his goal, which we suggested was a reference to the two Newcastle supporters who died when on the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine, last year. We now accept that there was absolutely nothing in the goal celebration which could be sensibly taken to have been a reference to these tragic deaths. We apologise unreservedly to Mr Johnson and have agreed to pay a sum of damages to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation."
Newcastle United are appealing the red card issued to Fabricio Coloccini during the Wear-Tyne derby at the weekend.
"Newcastle United have lodged an appeal with the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Coloccini was given a straight red card by referee Robert Madley in first half injury time following an incident involving Steven Fletcher, which resulted in the awarding of a penalty kick.
The appeal will be heard by a Regulatory Commission tomorrow afternoon and the club will be notified of the result shortly afterwards.
Should the dismissal stand, United’s captain will miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke City at St. James’ Park."
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Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says he is ‘delighted’ to have got his side’s first win under his belt, taking in three ‘huge points’ for the team.
He added that it took the Black Cats far too long to get their win and that they ‘took full advantage’ of Newcastle’s Fabricio Coloccini being sent off.
- Watch the full press conference here.
Newcastle United Head Coach Steve McClaren says he is ‘angry’ after his side lost 3-0 to Sunderland this afternoon.
He added that he thought his team had a ‘perfect performance’ and that there were "two decisions that cost them the game that they were totally dominant in."
- Watch the full press conference here.
Sunderland have made history today, winning their sixth consecutive derby match against Newcastle.
History also repeated itself for Sam Allardyce, new Sunderland managers' second matches are traditionally a win against Newcastle.
Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC fans are gathering at the Stadium of Light ahead of today's Wear-Tyne Derby game.
Sunderland are hoping for their sixth consecutive victory while Newcastle are hoping continue their success of last weekend and leave the match with three points.
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Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says that he hopes that his team can 'keep the record' ahead of the Wear-Tyne Derby this weekend.
- Watch the full press conference ahead of Sunday's game at the Stadium of Light.
Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has no fresh selection problems ahead of Sunday's derby trip to Sunderland.
Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara and midfielder Cheick Tiote all returned to action against Norwich last weekend and came through unscathed.
Full-back Kevin Mbabu (hamstring) and midfielder Rolando Aarons (calf) are back in training, but keepers Tim Krul (cruciate ligament) and Karl Darlow (ankle), defender Steven Taylor and midfielder Gabriel Obertan (both hamstring) and striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee) remain on the sidelines.
Provisional squad: Elliot, Woodman, Janmaat, Haidara, Dummett, Coloccini, Mbemba, Lascelles, Williamson, Mbabu, Colback, Anita, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Thauvin, De Jong, Gouffran, Marveaux, Mitrovic, Cisse, Perez, Toney.