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Young Norwich City fan to be banned indefinitely for abusing QPR supporters

The club said the incident took place on Wednesday night during City’s Championship clash against Queens Park Rangers at Carrow Road.

A Norwich City spokesman said the fan was a season ticket holder and is described as a “young man”.

The spokesman added: “He was ejected on Wednesday night for abusing QPR fans in the disabled area of the South Stand and his season ticket was retained.

“Following an investigation [by the club] he will be banned indefinitely.”

It is understood that the former season ticket holder, who has not been named, has the right to appeal against the ban.

The spokesman said: “All abuse is unacceptable and if the club is satisfied that someone has behaved in an abusive way to any supporter or member of staff, they face ejection [from the stadium] and a possible ban.”

Norwich City Vs Sunderland Pre-Match Stats

The Canaries have lost just once in their 11 home league games against the Black Cats (W7 D3), however that loss came in their most recent meeting with Sunderland.

Indeed, the north-east club picked up all three points in April 2016, only their third league victory away to Norwich in 23 attempts.

Since the start of last season, no player has provided more open play assists than Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (10, level with Sone Aluko and Tommy Smith).

Sunderland have won only two of their last 22 league games (D5 L15), although both wins came on the road - 2-0 vs Hull in May and 4-0 vs Crystal Palace in February.

The Canaries have lost only once in their last 12 home Championship matches, winning eight and drawing three.

This will be Sunderland's first away game in the second tier since May 2007 where they beat Luton Town (5-0). Indeed, the Black Cats have won eight of their last 10 on the road in the Championship (D1 L1).

Norwich Vs Sunderland - Team Line Up

Gunn; Martin (c), Zimmermann, Franke; Wildschut, Reed, Husband; Maddison, Naismith; Watkins; Jerome.

Subs: McGovern (GK), Pinto, Vrancic, Oliveira, Murphy, Hoolahan, Tettey.

Norwich City Vs Sunderland - Opta Pre-Match Stats

The Canaries have lost just once in their 11 home league games against the Black Cats (W7 D3), however that loss came in their most recent meeting with Sunderland.

Indeed, the north-east club picked up all three points in April 2016, only their third league victory away to Norwich in 23 attempts.

Since the start of last season, no player has provided more open play assists than Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (10, level with Sone Aluko and Tommy Smith).

Sunderland have won only two of their last 22 league games (D5 L15), although both wins came on the road - 2-0 vs Hull in May and 4-0 vs Crystal Palace in February.

The Canaries have lost only once in their last 12 home Championship matches, winning eight and drawing three.

This will be Sunderland's first away game in the second tier since May 2007 where they beat Luton Town (5-0). Indeed, the Black Cats have won eight of their last 10 on the road in the Championship (D1 L1).

Norwich Vs Sunderland - Match Preview

Norwich will have Scotland forward Steven Naismith available again following suspension for the visit of Sunderland on Sunday.

Naismith has now served out a three-match ban following his red card in the Canaries' 3-3 draw against Leeds at the end of last season.

Cameron Jerome could lead the attack again having scored in the midweek Carabao Cup win over Swindon, with Portuguese frontman Nelson Oliveira having sat out after his late equaliser when coming off the bench in the Championship opener at Fulham.

Defender Timm Klose has been carrying a leg muscle problem while German midfielder Marco Stiepermann is pressing for a debut following his transfer from Bochum, but Alex Pritchard needs an operation on ankle ligament damage and is expected to be out for up to three months.

Lee Cattermole is likely to return to the Sunderland squad. The midfielder was left out, along with full-back Billy Jones, for Thursday night's Carabao Cup first round tie at Bury, with manager Simon Grayson later revealing both were rested with the weekend in mind.

Defender Lamine Kone was an unused substitute and striker James Vaughan played only 45 minutes as Grayson gave John O'Shea, Adam Matthews, Darron Gibson and Wahbi Khazri their chance.

Keeper Robin Ruiter, a summer signing from Utrecht, is yet to make his debut with Jason Steele having started the first two games of the campaign, while full-back Bryan Oviedo (calf), striker Josh Maja (knee) and long-term absentees Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore (both knee) continue to work their way back to fitness.

Rising Star Ben Godfrey Signs New Long Term Norwich Deal

Norwich City starlet Ben Godfrey has signed a new four year deal, which will keep him at Carrow Road until the summer of 2021

Godfrey is the latest of City’s talented teens to pledge their future to the Canaries, following a new deal for defender Jamal Lewis last month.

“I’m really happy because I’ve been working really hard,” he said. “From when I signed I knew it was a great club. I couldn’t ask for anything more than the faith they’re showing in me.

“Being involved quite a lot in pre-season has really made me feel part of the first team. I’m looking to get as many minutes as I can and make a difference to the team.”

City head coach Daniel Farke admits the ex-York youngster has plenty of potential.

“Ben has a great working attitude in every game and training session,” he told the club’s official site. “He had the second most minutes in pre-season and has great potential. It’s a good sign for all the young lads that he’s such an important part of our squad.”

Transfer News: Norwich City sign VfL Bochum midfielder Marco Stiepermann on three-year deal

Norwich City have signed VfL Bochum midfielder Marco Stiepermann for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old, a graduate of Borussia Dortmund's academy, has signed a three-year contract at Carrow Road.

"Marco is an all-rounder and a creative guy," head coach Daniel Farke told Norwich's official website.

"He started his career as a number 10 but last season played as a holding midfielder and in the left full-back position a lot."

Farke added: "He will give us many options and is at a good age so that will help us to be more flexible."

Norwich Complete Unbeaten Pre-Season As They Hold Brighton At Carrow Road

Norwich City 1 (Watkins 42)

Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (Gross 21)

Norwich (3-5-1-1): Gunn; Martin (Godfrey 80), Zimmermann, Franke; Wildschut (Tettey (80), Vrancic, Reed, Maddison (Naismith 68), Husband; Watkins; Jerome (Oliveira 68). Subs: Matthews (GK), McGovern (GK)


Brighton (4-4-1-1) Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Duffy (Goldson 77), Suttner; March (Sidwell 82), Stephens, Kayal (Sidwell 60), Murphy (Bong 46); Gross (Brown 46); Murray (Hemed 77). Subs: Maenpaa (GK), Rosenior.

Referee: Darren Deadman

Attendance: 12,907

Daniel Farke's first game in charge at Carrow Road ended in stalemate as Norwich City rounded off their pre-season with a 1-1 draw against Premier League new boys Brighton on Saturday.

As has been the case throughout the Canaries' warm-up games this summer, Farke's side showed flexibility with their approach by adopting an initial 3-5-2 formation to face The Seagulls.

With James Husband and Yanic Wildschut acting as wing-backs and Harrison Reed shielding the defence, James Maddison and Mario Vrancic were allowed relative freedom in the middle.

Such fluidity proved troublesome for Brighton in the early stages as the hosts' movement allowed them to try their luck on a number of occassions; most notably through Vrancic's audacious lob from 40 yards.

Their strong start came without reward however, and instead they fell behind midway through the opening period when Pascal Gross rose to flick home a cross from the right.

Responding well, City again assumed a sense of relative control as the half wore on, deservedly levelling three minutes before the break through a fine Marley Watkins effort.

Collecting a pass from strike-partner Cameron Jerome outside the area, the former Barnsley forward set himself before crashing home a rasping drive off the underside of the bar.

A steady start to the second half went close to being punctuated moments before the hour-mark, when a slick City move culminated in Husband going down in the box after moving inside from the left.

No foul was seen by the referee though after good work from Wildschut on the right, with Head Coach Farke expressing his frustration at the lack of decision from the sidelines.

The match remained largely without major action until eight minutes from time, substitute Nelson Oliveira going within inches of a winner when he whipped a sublime effort off the post from distance.

Despite ending strongly, the Canaries couldn't find an elusive second goal with their next test an even more meaningful one - the Sky Bet Championship opener against Fulham at Craven Cottage.