Newcastle and Sunderland fans call for passion, not poison
Earlier this month a unique coalition from both sides of the Tyne-Wear divide successfully campaigned against "bubble match" restrictions. The FSF was very pleased to work alongside them and we're equally pleased it's been followed up with another, positive, pre-derby message from various groups/fanzines:
"Two weeks ago fans' groups and fanzines from Newcastle United and Sunderland launched a successful joint campaign to say "no" to bubble matches.
"Now both sets of fans are linking up to restore pride in the Tyne-Wear derby, championing a white-hot atmosphere and sporting rivalry while rejecting violence.
"Recent seasons have seen an unwelcome level of hatred and disorder around derby games.
"Genuine fans don't want the authorities to have any excuse to cut ticket allocations or restrict travel in future seasons, we just want a game to remember.
"We can keep the passion, but lose the poison. Let's make this a derby to be proud of."
This joint statement is backed by A Love Supreme, Newcastle United Supporters' Trust, nufc.com, Ready To Go, Roker Report, Seventy3, The Mag, True Faith and Wise Men Say.