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Teenager charged after 'Spiderman' invades pitch during Sunderland game

'Spiderman' invading the pitch during Sunderland's clash with Man City last night. Credit: North News

Police have charged a teenager in connection with a pitch invasion by a man wearing a spiderman costume at Sunderland's clash with Man City at the Stadium of Light last night.

18-year-old Bradley Minto, from the Ford Estate in Sunderland, has been charged with going into a playing area designated for football matches. He has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Sunderland later this month.


Chelsea the 'biggest challenge so far' for Sunderland

Gus Poyet says this weekend's game against Chelsea will be 'the biggest challenge so far' for Sunderland.

The Black Cats welcome Chelsea to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho's side sitting top of the Premier League and currently unbeaten in all competitions this season.

Chelsea beat German club Schalke 5-0 away in the UEFA Champions League last night, with a performance which Mourinho described as 'perfect'. Speaking ahead of Saturday's match, Poyet said:

Yes, I watched the game. It was impressive. Lets hope they are not perfect again [on Saturday].

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach


Sunderland announce team sheet for Leicester clash

Sunderland have announced their starting XI to face Leicester City in the Premier League today:

Poyet pleased for Leicester striker Ulloa

Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says it's pleasing to see Leonardo Ulloa in the Premier League with Leicester City.

Poyet signed the Argentinean forward when he was manager at Brighton and says "we helped each other" when the pair were together on the South Coast.

Ulloa has made an impressive start to his Premier League career, scoring five goals in 11 games.

The 28-year-old will be re-united with his former manager when Leicester host Sunderland on Saturday.

Young footballers visit WW1 graves to commemorate Christmas Day truce

Young footballers from Newcastle United and Sunderland visited the mass First World War graves in Belgium to learn about the lives of soldiers.

They were there to play football against other under-12 Premier League sides in a special commemorative tournament.

The event was inspired by the famous Christmas Day truce, 100 years ago, when rival soldiers put their weapons aside to play football for one day.

Jonny Blair reports from Ypres, Belgium.

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