الثلاثاء , يونيو 16 2020

FA investigating pitch invasion

The FA is investigating the pitch invasion by Aston Villa fans during their side’s home

FA Cup quarter-final win

over West Brom.

Some Villa supporters held up the tie by running on to the pitch in injury time and at full time, while seats were thrown from the West Brom end.

The FA will investigate in conjunction with both clubs and the police.

A police statement said they will “be supporting the FA to identify people involved in pitch invasions”.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis called the scenes

“disgraceful”,

while Villa apologised to West Brom.

“The club does not condone supporters invading the field of play under any circumstances,”

read a Villa statement. 

“We are very disappointed that what should have been a very memorable and proud moment for our fans was marred by the actions of those who could not control themselves.

“They have let both themselves and their club down.

“The club extends its sincere apologies to the Football Association, the West Bromwich Albion directors, manager Tony Pulis and all his staff and players.”

The FA has not set a timeframe to conclude the investigation.

Possible sanctions against Villa include a heavy fine for failing to control their supporters.

West Midlands Police 

said they are also investigating a pre-match disturbance at a pub near the ground after 17 men were arrested on suspicion of various public order offences, including assaulting a police officer.

Aston Villa v West Brom

One fan was held by a steward at Villa Park but many more made it onto the pitch

Fans on the Villa Park pitch after Aston Villa's FA Cup quarter-final win over West Brom

Fans remained on the Villa Park pitch after Aston Villa’s FA Cup quarter-final win over West Brom

Aston Villa v West Brom

Police and stewards were unable to halt fans twice running onto the pitch at Villa Park

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