Boys, 12, banned for Newcastle-Sunderland violence

Two 12-year-old boys have been banned from every football ground in the UK for their part in violence that followed Newcastle United's home game with Sunderland in April.

The boys admitted throwing missiles during trouble that marred the aftermath of Sunderland's 3-0 win.

They were handed in to police by their parents after media reports on the disorder, Newcastle Youth Court heard.

The pair, who cannot be named, received three-year football banning orders.

District Judge Stephen Earl told them: "I hope you've got a television at home because you won't be going anywhere near a football match for a long time."

The boys, both from Newcastle, are banned from the city centre on match days and will have to surrender their passports whenever Newcastle or England play overseas.

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