Police investigate fight at Solent Hotel hours before Sunderland play Saints at St Marys in Premier League
1:53pm Saturday 24th August 2013
Police have launched an investigation into a mass brawl at the Sunderland team hotel last night - just hours before they played Saints at St Mary's today.
Officers attended a fracas involving 15 people at the Solent Hotel & Spa in Whiteley, near Fareham, just after midnight.
But a club spokesman denied the team were involved in any incident.
She said: “I have no knowledge of anything like that. I’m sure the players would have been tucked up in bed.”
Police would not confirm if anyone from the club was involved.
Inspector Scott Johnson said: “We did attend after a report of an assault at the hotel where the Sunderland football team was staying.
"No arrests were made at the scene but 15 people were involved and officers are continuing to make enquiries.
“We arrived at 12.15 and found no one was fighting. There were two groups of people. A number were spoken to.”
A spokesman for the hotel refused to confirm whether the incident occurred.
She said: “We are not able to comment on any matters relating to our guests.”
But the drama didn't seem to affect Paulo Di Canio's Sunderland side who managed a 1-1 draw with Saints at St Mary's this afternoon in the Premier League.