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Carabao Cup Quarter Final preview: Sunderland



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Carabao Cup Quarter Final preview: Sunderland march on with another trip to London, along with other all-premier league clashes.


League one side Sunderland have drawn Arsenal in the Carabao Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout away at Queens Park Rangers.

In the round of 16, Sunderland held QPR to a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road which led to a dramatic penalty shootout which included four missed penalties from QPR meaning the Black Cats were fired through to the Quarter Finals amongst seven Premier League sides. However, these seven premier league sides surprisingly did not include Manchester City, who won the Carabao Cup for the last four seasons.


Penalties converted for Sunderland by Aiden McGeady, Ross Stewart, and Alex Pritchard fired the Black Cats through to the Quarter Final, as the only League One side left in the tournament. Dreams will be high for Sunderland fans now, with not much to celebrate about in recent years, this is uplifting the whole club and the city. Lee Johnson’s Sunderland side took an impressive, loyal away crowd of nearly 3,000 from the North-East to Loftus Road for the tie which saw them win a dramatic penalty shootout. Sunderland AFC posted the following image on Twitter showing the enjoyment of manager, Lee Johnson.


Sunderland now face Arsenal in a mouthwatering tie as Sunderland look for a giant killing when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on the 21st of December. Is it too early for Sunderland fans to be dreaming of a trip to Wembley in 2022? Let us know what you think on our social media!

The other ties in the Carabao Cup Quarter Final were all premier league clashes which consisted of:

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham

Brentford v Chelsea

Liverpool v Leicester City

All three of these ties are interesting, Sunderland fans will be keeping an eye on these scores as they dream about carrying on this fantastic cup run all the way to Wembley in 2022 for the Carabao Cup final.


Brentford are particularly exciting in this tournament; they’ve shown in the Premier League this season that they are not afraid of the ‘big boys’ in the league by not shying away from their traditional attacking style against a hard opposition on paper. They will for sure look to attack Chelsea on the counter, who may still be without their two strikers in Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, who are still on the sidelines for an unknown amount of time. Brentford will surely look to utilise their own talisman in Ivan Toney against Chelsea.


All of these teams will see this as an exciting opportunity for silverware, especially without Man City in the tournament who have won it the last four years, as they were defeated by West Ham in the round of 16, but it can not be ignored that many eyes will be on Lee Johnson’s League One Sunderland AFC as they aim for a giant killing away at the Emirates against Arsenal.


Can Sunderland get another win in London and beat Arsenal? Could they go all the way in the Carabao Cup? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page @NEUpdatesSports!


Author: Joshua Hinchcliffe

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Metro penalty fare rise from £20 to £100 supported by public, Nexus survey finds



The penalty for fare evasion on the Tyne and Wear Metro has now increased to £100, with commuters largely supporting the change.

But despite the steep increase in the penalty fee, a survey conducted by Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, found that 72% of people supported the increase. And 88% of people surveyed said that other passengers were the ones who were the real victims of ticketless Metro travel.

The survey, conducted through Nexus’ customer insight panel revealed that respondents regard fared evasion as seriously as handling stolen goods, tax evasion or weighing a cheaper item at a self-serve check-out.

It increased penalty fare comes after The Department for Transport (DfT) decided to raise the penalty for rail fare evasion in England and Wales as part of a new effort to crackdown on fare evasion across Britain’s railways. Metro is part of the Government’s national penalty fare regime, so it is included in the change.

Fare evasion on Metro costs Nexus £1m a year in lost revenue on what is a vital public service which does not make any profit.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The penalty for fare evasion on Metro has gone up to £100 from today and this is something that the overwhelming majority of our customers support.

“This is the first change since 2005 and reflects feedback from customers who want to see a strong deterrent against fraud. Anyone who is issued with a £100 penalty fare will pay £50 if it is paid with 21 days of it being issued.

“The Government consulted the whole rail industry and Nexus was among those keen to see an increase. Our customers tell us they want tougher penalties for those who decide not to pay their fare.

“The simple message for Metro customers is to buy a ticket every time you travel, that is a lot more affordable than risking the £100 fine.

“It’s never been easier to pay for Metro travel with a Pop Pay As You Go card and Android’s Google Pay. One in four customers are now accessing Metro this way and getting the lowest fares we have on offer.”

The penalty for Metro fare evasion, which is always set by the Government, has been £20 since May 2005.

If paid within 21 days, however, the £100 penalty is reduced to £50. But anyone who fails to pay the penalty fare will be taken to court, where a conviction results in much steeper fines.

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‘Sex party’ in Newcastle cathedral under investigation by Vatican



St Mary’s Cathedral Newcastle upon Tyne

Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral alleged to have invited worshippers to his living quarters during lockdown.

The Vatican is investigating rumours of a “sex party” at a British cathedral which is alleged to have happened during lockdown.

As part of an investigation into the circumstances of Robert Byrne’s resignation as the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, the Catholic church is looking into claims one of his priests invited worshippers to a private party at his lodgings.

Multiple people are said to have complained that Father Michael McCoy, dean of Newcastle Cathedral, approached them to attend a party at a time when gatherings were not permitted.

A diocese source told the Sunday Times said: “A number of complaints were made by individuals within the diocese after information came to light about a sex party taking place in the priests’ living quarters attached to Newcastle Cathedral.”

McCoy, 57, killed himself in April 2021 four days after finding out he was subject to an investigation by Northumbria police’s child and adult protection department for child sexual abuse.

He had been appointed by Byrne in 2019, replacing the popular Father Dermott Donnelly, the older brother of TV presenter Declan Donnelly. Father Donnelly has since died after an illness in July 2022.

While there is no suggestion Byrne attended the party, he resigned as bishop in December, telling worshippers his office “has become too great a burden”.

In a letter to clergy, which he read in St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, he said: “My own discernment has caused me to recognise that I now feel unable to continue serving the people of the diocese in the way that I would wish.”

He was appointed in 2019, after previously serving as an auxiliary in the archdiocese of Birmingham and as provost of the Oxford Oratory from 1993 to 2011.

In a letter seen by the Sunday Times, the archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon who is running the diocese until Byrne’s successor is appointed and is leading the investigation into his resignation, said he has been asked by the pope’s advisers to prepare “an in-depth report into the events leading up to Bishop Byrne’s resignation”.

The Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) last week began an “unscheduled safeguarding audit” at the diocese.

Steve Ashley, the CSSA chief executive officer said the body was independent and had “full autonomy”. He said: “The scope of the investigatory work will cover any reported abuses, alleged abuses, safeguarding concerns and the culture of safeguarding in the diocese as a whole.”

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ITV to Launch Love Island For Middle-Aged Single Parents



Casting is open for the dating show, in which contestants will be nominated by their adult children

ITV has begun casting for a dating show for single parents. The contestants on The Romance Retreat will be nominated by their adult children to search for love at a Love Island-style villa.

“This is the only dating show where single parents can search for love, by spending time in a luxury retreat, where all the parents have been nominated by their grownup children,” reads the casting call.

A take on Love Island, which is a hit among gen Z viewers, for older contestants has been rumoured for months. In January, Davina McCall told Stephen Bartlett’s podcast, The Diary of a CEO, that she had pitched the idea to ITV.

“I could fill a villa in Love Island with middle-aged people with the best back stories you have ever heard in your life,” she said.

“They’ve lived a life – they’re widows, they’re people who have been through horrific divorces. They are people who have split up with somebody and decided they want to try going out with somebody the same sex as them. They’re like interesting people. I’d watch that show.”

According to the presenter, ITV responded to her request to host a show of that style with: “We’re looking at something else that’s quite similar, we might consider you for that”.

The current series of Love Island began on Monday, with a stricter set of rules in place to protect contestants’ wellbeing. Participants’ social media accounts must now remain unused while they are in the villa, rather than be operated on their behalf. It follows contestants’ families – who often run their accounts during the show – appealing for kinder comments from viewers.

This is the first series to be hosted by Maya Jama, after Laura Whitmore stepped down in August.

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