Fans praised after Wear Tees fixture
Dated: 30 Oct 2012
Police have praised the majority of fans after tonight's Sunderland v Middlesbrough Capital One league cup match.
The match saw a large policing presence across Sunderland on Tuesday evening as more than 32,000 supporters attended the game.
Around 2,700 Middlesbrough fans travelled from the Riverside to the Stadium of Light, the majority by organised coaches.
Officers were out from early Tuesday afternoon in Sunderland, visiting bars and pubs and speaking to fans.
There were no reports of any disorder before the match.
Middlesbrough fans remained in the North Stand for around 20 minutes after the final whistle as part of a pre-arranged holdback and were then escorted safely to their coaches and transport.
In total five men were arrested. Four for alcohol related offences and one on suspicion of assault.
Chief Supt Steve Neill said: "Tonight's match went well from a policing perspective. There were no major issues or incidents and the majority of fans were there to enjoy the game.
“It was positive to see that the majority of the fans that attended did so for the right reasons and did their clubs credit.
"The Middlesbrough fans were patient and worked well with stewards and officers in the North Stand during the hold back.
“Thanks to their co-operation we were able to quickly and safely get them back to their coaches and on their way home after the game."