Crowd trouble marred Aston Villa’s 2-0 win in the FA Cup quarter-final…
West Brom have vowed to take strong action against any of their fans found to have been involved in crowd trouble at Villa Park following yesterday’s FA Cup quarter-final loss against Aston Villa.
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Seats were thrown from West Brom’s away end as Aston Villa fans twice invaded the pitch following their 2-0 win which sealed a Wembley appearance.
Police made 17 arrests in relation to the game and a spokesperson for the FA said that an investigation into incidents will begin on Monday.
Aston Villa issued an official apology after the scenes toward the end of the game, aimed at the FA, West Brom directors, Tony Pulis and all his staff and players.
West Bromwich Albion made an official statement this morning, noting the apology was received in the spirit with which it was intended.
The statement said, “West Bromwich Albion note the public apology issued by Aston Villa FC in the wake of the disturbing scenes during and after the FA Cup quarter-final at Villa Park.
“The apology is received in the spirit with which it was intended.
“The club is also aware of reports of serious misbehaviour involving some of its own supporters.
“It issues an uncompromising reminder today that any supporter found guilty of disorder offences can expect the appropriate sanction from the club. West Bromwich Albion will continue to operate zero tolerance to any fans who bring the club’s reputation into disrepute.
“The club also welcomes the FA investigation into the scenes and how they came about; West Bromwich Albion will co-operate fully.
“Pitch invasions cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. The safety of the club’s players and staff during and at the end of the game was clearly compromised and that has to be a subject of deep concern for everyone involved.”
The police have also launched their own probe into the events which saw fans spill onto the Villa Park pitch twice before the end of the game.
The year’s FA Cup tournament is now reaching it’s yearly climax with Aston Villa becoming the first side to book a Wembley semi-final place after Bradford City and Reading played out a 0-0 draw at Valley Parade earlier in the day.
The semi-final draw will be made following the conclusion of Manchester United vs. Arsenal on Monday night.