Newcastle United fan removed as juror because he couldn’t give Sunderland fan fair trial
You know football rivalry has got a little bit big for its boots when it impacts on a rape trial.
But after their derby defeat to Sunderland last weekend, one Newcastle United fan took things pretty badly. The fan, who had been selected as a juror on the trial of a man accused of rape, had to be removed from his position after he claimed that the defendant couldn’t be given a fair judgment…. because he was a Sunderland fan.
In fact, the juror labelled the defendant as “Mackem rapist”, which probably confirmed the presence of bias.