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Newcastle and Sunderland fans in truce ahead of derby

Fans of rival clubs Newcastle United and Sunderland have come together to build on recent goodwill between them ahead of the upcoming derby.

Supporters of both clubs met at a pub in Newcastle on Tuesday.

Sunderland fans were praised for their tributes and charitable donations in the wake of the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine, in which Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney died.

It is hoped violence seen at previous fixtures between the teams will be avoided when they play on 21 December.

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