Five arrested and 19 others sought after football match disorder

Police have arrested five people, and are appealing to trace a further 19 people, following disorder ahead of a Sunderland football match last month.

The violence, which happened before the West Ham match, took place on the afternoon of Saturday January 12th outside the city centre's Revolution Bar.

Both Sunderland and West Ham supporters were involved in the confrontation.

Northumbria Police have released CCTV images of 19 people who they want to trace in connection with the disorder.

Anyone who recognises themselves in the images is asked to contact police at the earliest opportunity, and anyone who knows the identify of anyone in the images is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"This morning a number of arrests were made in connection with disorderwhich took place before the Sunderland versus West Ham match at the

Stadium of Light last month.

Tens of thousands of people were at that match and the overwhelming

majority of football fans were there to support their team and have an

enjoyable afternoon out.

However, anyone taking part in violence or disorder either before,

during, or after football matches will not be tolerated and this

action demonstrates the tough stance we will take on anyone suspected

of being involved in such behaviour."

– Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, Sunderland Area Commander