Sunderland’s best known fanzine has had its say on a new rule that would require the club to relocate away fans from their current position in the Upper North Stand.

A Love Supreme, founded in 1989, is an independent Sunderland supporters’ magazine and website.

The new Premier League rule will ensure that away fans must be provided with pitch-side views, and is likely to come into effect ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Of the 20 current teams in the Premier League, Sunderland are the only club who do not offer pitch-side seats for away supporters.

The Black Cats did originally situate away fans pitch-side, but in 2012, Sunderland decided to move away supporters to the upper tier of the North stand.

And only a few years on, the away fans may have to be located in a different part of the Stadium of Light once again.

Paul Dobson, the editor of A Love Supreme, believes the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light will benefit from the new rule.

He said: “It has not been many years since we (Sunderland) moved away fans away from pitch-side at Sunderland. I can understand why it is better to have supporters closer to the pitch.

“Having been to Newcastle several times, you couldn’t be any further away from the pitch.”

The Black Cats are deep in the midst of a relegation battle and it is unknown whether they will be in the top-flight next season.

However, Premier League clubs have agreed that at least one block of the away fans must be located at pitch-side every game next season.