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Sunderland fans stage protest against standing ban

Sunderland fans have protested against the club's decision to suspend the memberships of those who persist in standing at games.

The Mail on Sunday says Sunderland fans have staged a revolt against their own club, after a season card holder was suspended on Boxing Day for standing.

Large numbers of fans in the Stadium of Light resisted warnings from stewards during the game against Tottenham Hotspur, and continued to stand.

One group of supporters chose to walk out of the ground completely, missing John O'Shea's goal late in the first half.

Club chiefs have threatened to eject and suspend season card holders if they continue to defy stewarding staff.

One seat was secured on Wednesday, with a notice reading: "This season card has been suspended due to persistent standing."

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