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Birmingham City Defender Stephen Carr Subject of Police Investigation

St Andrews’ full back could be in trouble for Villa Park gesture.

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Police are investigating allegations Birmingham City defender Stephen Carr made an offensive gesture towards Aston Villa fans.
Carr, 33, and other Blues players were incensed by the award of a late penalty in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Villa Park.
It was alleged Carr made a gesture towards home fans as he left the pitch.
The Football Association (FA) has charged the club for failing to control its players who surrounded referee Martin Atkinson.
In addition the FA has charged Carr with improper conduct.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “West Midlands Police have received a complaint regarding an offensive gesture allegedly made by a player at the end of the Aston Villa-Birmingham City match on Sunday.
“The matter is currently being investigated by detectives and inquiries are ongoing.”
A Birmingham City spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident and we are looking at it internally.” (BBC Sport)

Whilst I understand that gestures made by players to the crowd may not be pleasant it seems a full scale police investigation is a tad over the top. In my view players and fans should give as good as they get and as long as no line is crossed and no one is physically hurt and no one has been singled out for racial or homophobic abuse then just about anything goes.

I am sure that most Aston Villa fans accept that what Carr did was part and parcel of a big local derby. The fact that Villa won the game will no doubt act as punishment enough for the former Tottenham and Newcastle man.

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