Stadium of Light boss said football should front up against rioters.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce believes the Premier League season should not be postponed because of the UK riots.
The Black Cats are due to kick off their campaign on Saturday against Liverpool, one of the cities that experienced trouble earlier this week.
Tottenham’s clash with Everton has already been postponed and a decision on all the remaining fixtures to be taken later today.
Bruce hopes all the other matches will take place but admits new signing John O’Shea is unlikely to play no matter the outcome.
“I think I stand for the whole of the country,” he said. “We are outraged and shocked by what we have seen.
“I hope the Premier League can get started. In my opinion, it would be wrong to let these idiots and thugs who are doing what they are doing disrupt everything.
“We will be guided by the authorities, but I echo what most people think and what most people are saying.
“I am saddened and shocked that our country could come to something like that.”
“I would think O’Shea is doubtful and with the players we have got at the moment and with what happened last year, we are not going to rush anybody back,” Bruce added.
“He’s progressing well, he is up and looking to join in training either today or tomorrow, but I think the weekend will be too quick for him.”