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Police called to row at Sunderland team hotel

Paolo di Canio's Sunderland team drew 1-1 at Southampton after the fracas. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Officers were called to a hotel last night following a clash between coaches of Sunderland’s football team and a group of Southampton fans.

Police spoke to three men – aged 20, 45 and 47 – following the altercation but none were arrested.

Sunderland manager Paolo di Canio said: “It was a stupid moment from silly guys under effect of lots of alcohol...

“No footballers, no fight. This is the real situation and the way it happened."