|"BAD NEWS I'M AFRAID ABOOT YOUR OVERTIME 'DIBBLE'!!!|
THE TOON AND THE MACKEMS WANT TO KICK THE DERBY GAMES
OFF AT '3 BELLS' ON A SATURDAY FROM NOW ON!!!"
Both NUFC and the mackem hierarchy have joined forces to ridicule the claim by 'The Northumbria Dibble Force' that they DIVVINT in ANY WAY influence the kick off times in derby matches between the two clubs!
In an unprecedented joint statement both clubs have made the followin' accusations against 'The Dibble'
"NUFC and SAFC are surprised and disappointed with the statement issued yesterday by Northumbria Police in which the force CLAIMS that the police cannot direct changes for kick off times for the clubs fixtures, referring in particular to derby games!
Over a number of years both clubs have made repeated representations to Northumbria Police to try and reach agreement over kick off times to enable a traditional 3pm kick off or later to enable broadcasters to give the game consideration in the majority of their times slots for live coverage!
Police forces up and down the country have been able to police high profile derby matches for years, including most recently the first ever Welsh derby in the Premier League, Cardiff v Swansea @ 4pm, Arsenal v Tottenham @ 5:15pm and Man City v Man Utd @ 4pm!
In recent years Northumbria Police have rejected EVERY request for later kick off slots including 5:30pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday and 8pm Monday!
Both clubs have evidence in the form of considerable written correspondence which contradicts their statement yesterday!
The force also said that they WOULD NOT police games that kicked off later than 1:30pm!
For Northumbria Police therefore to issue a statement stating that they DO NOT direct changes to kick off times is quite frankly FALSE and ABSURD!
In light of this both NUFC and SAFC will now inform the Premier League that they will be available for kick off times that suit the clubs!" <("SO THERE"!)