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ROKER ROUNDUP: Sunderland co-owner Charlie Methven shoots from the hip in honest radio interview

Sunderland co-owner Charlie Methven has given an honest interview with BBC Newcastle about illegal streaming and fans that opt to watch them in the pub, drinking beer, instead of attending home games - calling them “parasites”.

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Methven hits out

Charlie Methven has hit out at fans who choise to go to pubs to watch illegal streams and drink rather than going to the Stadium of Light.

Speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle, Methven claims he doesn’t believe it’s a matter of cost as he says the average cost of a ticket is £12, as opposed to how much money that would be spent on alcohol at the pub showing an illegal stream of the game:

If you’re a fanatic of your football club and you decide, actually what you’re going to do is you’re going to spend your money on a few pints of lager and watch an illegal stream of the match rather than contributing that money to trying to help your club to be the best it probably can, you’re not a fan, you’re a parasite.

When you average them out, it can be about £12 per ticket. I don’t buy that there are people who are poor enough to not be able to afford that but are rich enough to be able to afford to go to pubs and drink in there.

Methven says the club will work with authorities to stop games being shown with the correct licences.

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Papy out of luck

Sacked Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji was a wanted man in the summer, with SM Caen one of the clubs to show an interest in the Senegalese international.

The Ligue 1 club had an injury blow recently as Romain Genevois ruptured his achilles tendon and that has led to the club’s president Gilles Sergent admitting that they will need to look for a free agent to bring in to strengthen the centre of Caen’s defence.

That player will not by Djilobodji though, as according to Ouest-France they want a player who will be available to play as soon as possible and that rules out the 29-year-old due to the fact he hasn’t played - or even trained - since a loan spell with Djion last season.

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Loan roundup

Luke Molyneux started for Gateshead in their 2-1 victory at Barrow. The young attacker had a number of first half chances and eventually set up the equaliser for Scott Boden after Tyler Smith had given the hosts the lead.

Gateshead took the lead and scored the last goal of the game just after half-time, and the 20-year-old went off just after the hour mark but can be pleased with his night’s work.

Max Stryjek only joined Eastleigh on Friday but has already got two clean sheets under his belt, with the Polish goalkeeper putting in another terrific display as his new side beat Boreham Wood 1-0, following on from their 1-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge at the weekend - a game which saw Stryjek save a first half penalty.

The ‘keeper was again a shining light for Eastleigh and as well as the clean sheet, he made a top class save - described by the club’s goalkeeping coach as the best save he’s ever seen live:

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