The Bajan pop star on her Diamonds World Tour played to 57,500 fans at Sunderland’s football stadium. Drunk fans were reported to be fighting in the stands, with some fans feeling threatened by the unseemly atmosphere.
Rihanna fan, Kim Noble told the Sunderland Echo: “I’ve been to a lot of football matches at the Stadium, including derbies, and I’ve never felt as threatened as I did at that concert. I just kept waiting for the security to come and break it all up. Eventually, one young lad came over, but he was just by himself and didn’t even have a walkie-talkie.”
Kim had paid £130 to see the concert said trouble began between two groups who were upset they couldn’t see because one woman was dancing.
“They started shouting at each other and eventually there was a full-scale fight involving about 10 people. There was hair flying everywhere and shoes were being thrown.”
Paul Weir, Sunderland FC head of safety and security, said: “Naturally, with any event of this magnitude there can be the potential for isolated minor incidents to occur. Safety and security is always our primary focus and any incidents on the evening were dealt with swiftly and comprehensively by the police and safety stewards. Overall, the event went very well.”