Former Sunderland star and current Stoke City man Lynden Gooch has indicated his disapproval of the Black Cats putting up Newcastle United slogans in a hospitality bar at the Stadium of Light.


Sunderland are due to play host to their fierce rivals in the FA Cup this weekend and will be looking to pile more pressure on Eddie Howe’s men.


Ahead of the game though something has emerged which has infuriated Sunderland supporters.




Over 700 Newcastle fans are paying £600 for a seat in the Black Cats’ hospitality bar and photos have emerged of it being decked out in Newcastle slogans.


Banners saying ‘We Are We Are United’ and ‘Keep The Black & White Flying High’ have come to light.



Former Sunderland man Gooch appears just as angry as the fans and reposted a message on X which read: “If Sunderland are redecorating their premium bar for home fans in the colours of Newcastle United on Derby Day then serious questions need to be asked of decision-makers.


“If the photos are genuine, it is an absolute disgrace.”



It remains to be seen if the photographs are genuine and if they are, why Sunderland authorised the decking out of an area at the Stadium of Light in the slogans of the club’s arch rivals.