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Alan Shearer mocks Sunderland for ‘rolling out the red carpet’ for Newcastle ahead of cup clash

Alan Shearer cheekily mocks Sunderland for ‘rolling out the red carpet’ for Newcastle over the debacle ahead of last week’s cup clash.

Days leading up to the Third Round fixture, with was the Tyne-Wear derby in eight years, Sunderland faced backlash for displaying Newcastle banners in a bar at the club, as well as giving the Magpies an allocation of 6,000 tickets.

There was also a video doing the rounds of a Sunderland fan putting a Sunderland shirt onto the statue of Alan Shearer, and it caught the Newcastle’s legend’s attention.

He couldn’t resist taking a cheeky swipe at the Black Cats as he spoke with Gary Lineker and Micah Richards on this week’s episode of the Rest is Football podcast.

Gary Lineker: Is that shirt still on you? And they plonked a Sunderland shirt, didn’t they, on you, your statute?

Alan Shearer: Yeah, I saw that. Yeah, it did make me laugh, some of the stuff on the socials. But it was a good day for Newcastle. It was a really, really important win. It was men against boys, really, from start to finish. Sunderland rolled out the red carpet all week for the Geordies. They wanted to make the stadium alight, feel like home for Newcastle. They certainly did that. They allowed 6,000 fans in and they had a great time in Newcastle battered Sunderland.

Micah Richards: So the pictures that were surfacing the Internet, mainly on Instagram and were they actually real pictures? Was someone not taking the mick.

Alan Shearer: Sunderland did that themselves. When I saw those pictures, Micah, I thought, oh, some of the Geordies have, like, broken into Stadium of Light…

Micah Richards: So did I!

Alan Shearer: …And decorated the room that was going to be theirs. Sunderland Football Club actually did it themselves.

Gary Lineker: Do you want to explain what those pictures were for? Those that like me, that don’t know what the hell you’re talking about?

Alan Shearer: Well, because usually I think in a league game, Newcastle would be lucky if they got 1,500/ 2,000 tickets. Because it was an FA Cup game, it was agreed that Newcastle got 6,000 tickets. So they had to give Newcastle a whole end. And in that end was a bar which obviously was going to be taken over by the Newcastle fans. So the Sunderland, actually, Sunderland Football Club somehow thought it was a good idea to decorate the bar out in black and white and say, welcome to the Geordies. Can you believe that?

Gary Lineker: That’s like a really lovely touch, isn’t it?

Alan Shearer: Oh, Jesus. Honestly, you couldn’t make it up. Then they realised that they’d made a monumental error and had to apologise to the Sunderland fans who put out a statement. Oh, God…

Micah: What were they thinking?!

Gary: That’s brilliant. That’s brilliant. I must say, though, I think that red and white stripes suit you, Al. Yeah, right. Only at Southampton did it. Yeah.

Sunderland soon made an apology to their supporters, a statement read: โ€œSunderland AFC acknowledges that a serious error in judgement was made in relation to Black Cats Bar earlier this afternoon,โ€ they wrote in a statement.

โ€œWe apologise to our fans for the understandable concern they have fairly voiced in response and this sentiment is shared by the Clubโ€™s Ownership Group and Board of Directors, who have requested an immediate review is undertaken to determine how this process unfolded.

โ€œA direct decision has also been taken by the Ownership Group and Board of Directors to return the space to its original state and we once again apologise to our supporters that this was not addressed sooner.โ€

The number of photos of the bar, with one showing the phrase ‘Cheer Up Peter Reid’ in reference to the Sunderland legend, quickly went viral.

Sunderland owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, 26, has now also commented on Instagram, saying: “I would like to apologise to everyone associated with Sunderland AFC for the events that have unfolded today.

“Like our supporters, I was disgusted and hurt by the pictures circulating online of the inappropriate signs that have now been ripped down.

“I take full responsibility for every decision that is taken by the employees of our Club and you have my word that I will personally make sure that we make the necessary changes required to improve because it is clear there are many areas where we need to be better.

“I have got to know many of you personally over the past three years and I have always tried to act for the good of the people our Club represents, which makes today even more disappointing.

“I regret to have let you down, the greatest fans in the world. But I thank you for the trust you have shown in me, to lead your club, since the first day I arrived.

“I hope that in the months and years to come, I will be able to repay it to you – now my full focus is behind the team for our upcoming derby.”

Twitter users reacted as Alan Shearer mocks Sunderland for ‘rolling out the red carpet’ for Newcastle ahead of the cup clash…

@ollie_walker: Said it several times last week but I genuinely canโ€™t get my head around how it was signed off. I can only think it was some kind of management overthinking. Surely they could have easily covered the signage without actually putting up pro-Newcastle signs?!

@RokerReport: I can take getting beat. But thisโ€ฆ weโ€™re a fucking laughing stock and deservedly so. Still not over it. Anything been done about it yet or are we supposed to forget it ever happened? @SunderlandAFC

@DavidHindmarsh7: The people in charge of the club turned us into this much of a laughing stock for a few hundred grand. Should never ever be forgotten or forgiven.

@MrMaps: The most embarrassing week in the clubs history and that includes the two back to back relegations. But @alanshearer does suit the Red & White ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ. Men v boys on the pitch absolutely. This isnโ€™t the same Sunderland v Newcastle of old, not a level playing field but hopefully soon

@Bunney_91: Fuckin laughing stocks is like #safc ๐Ÿ˜‘

@1981CasualDJW: @SunderlandAFC Laughing Stock #SAFC

@ShieldsMPSAFC: Thanks for making our club a laughing stock, @SunderlandAFC.@RedAndWhite2017 hold the club to account please.

@MitchT1998: Will never get tired of hearing about this ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

@GMSAFC_1989_: This is just a lie though, neutral coverings were requested. Some dickhead allowed the black and white shite all owa and it was taken down within hours. Let’s not like facts get in the way of a good story though eh ๐Ÿ˜‚

@TBM_IX: Shearer is all of us๐Ÿคฃ

@MustardSR3: Weโ€™re a laughing stock ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

@Robbiewad79: It gets better with every day @alanshearer ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

@Jack_T_Robinson: Humiliation to the max! Embarrassing

@pauljacques83: This sums a lot up for me. I am more annoyed by the shit we’ve had to put up with off the pitch this past week than the result

@roy_kaviani: Love it. Absolutely love it ๐Ÿ˜‚ #NUFC #SMB

@maccybill: Canโ€™t ever forget or forgive this, an absolute disgrace from everyone involved at the top end of the club. Nobody can tell me KLD had no clue.

@tflawsy1892: Mind, when you actually think back, it truly was a brilliant week ๐Ÿ˜‚

@davey_w84: ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ 72 hours on, Big Al, Big Meeks & Lineker laying into the mackems. Drink it in ๐Ÿคฃ

@woodylad83: Absolute laughing stock and still no one held accountable for the fact weโ€™ve been made to look like utter fools for Saudi money. Club should be ashamed of the way they handled derby week

@stevens87440: KLD knew about it but backtracked with PR nonsense with the backlash without a good window here his ownership will come untenable #safc

@DanNUFC23: Still canโ€™t believe that it actually happened. They can never live that down man hahahaha

@NUFCian_YT: Theyโ€™ll never be able to live this down. It is unreal that Sunderland actually did this ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

@Mouthy_Geordie: Such an embarrassing club. No other club in the WORLD would do that for their rivals. They even gave us free beers after the game ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Tiny mentality from a tiny tinpot club.

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