Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

West Brom Promise Tough Action

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

West Brom Promise Tough Action

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WEST Brom have vowed to take strong action against any of the club's fans found to have been involved in disturbances at the FA Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Seats were thrown from the Albion section and Villa supporters invaded the pitch twice as Tim Sherwood's men beat the Baggies 2-0 to reach the semi-finals.

Police have made 17 arrests related to the game and a spokesperson for the Football Association said its investigation into the incidents will begin today.

Villa issued an apology after the game to "the Football Association, the West Bromwich Albion directors, manager Tony Pulis and all his staff and players" - and Albion announced in a statement yesterday that the apology had been "received in the spirit with which it was intended".

"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," read the Baggies statement. …

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