Sunderland apologise after stadium bar decorated in Newcastle colours before FA Cup tie

The Sunderland AFC leadership team has issued an apology for a contentious decorating decision made at the Stadium of Light in anticipation of the FA Cup derby.

Red-faced Sunderland chiefs

The leadership at Sunderland AFC issues an apology after a bar at the Stadium of Light was decorated in the colors of the rival Newcastle United.

Apologetic Statement

After the controversial decorating decision at the Black Cats Bar, Sunderland AFC releases a statement acknowledging a serious error in judgment and detailing an immediate review and restoration plan.

Fan Reactions

Sunderland fans expressed their dismay and anger at the decision to decorate the bar at the Stadium of Light in the colors and slogans of their arch-rivals, Newcastle United.

Fixture Anticipation

The eagerly-anticipated FA Cup derby between Sunderland and Newcastle will be their first meeting since 2016, with both clubs having experienced different paths in the intervening period.