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Aston Villa boss praises Richards for standing up to fans

Micah Richards has been branded "brave" to stand up to a confrontation with frustrated Aston Villa supporters after the 1-1 FA Cup draw at Wycombe.

Richards spoke to fans before leaving the pitch. Credit: Reuters

Richards battled to allay the protests of fans who criticised the Villa captain behind the dugout at Adams Park as Remi Garde's side slipped to a draw with their League Two opponents.

The Premier League's basement side took the lead through Richards' early goal, only for Joe Jacobson to level from the penalty spot.

Villa boss Garde believes Richards was right to take the time to address the fans' pitchside frustrations in person.

Garde said:

"It was brave of him to do that. As professionals we have to face our responsibilities - not only Micah, me and all the players.

To be fair I didn't see the incident, but I've been told about it. I understand that the fans could be angry. We have to accept that, as a player, a manager, everybody at the club has to accept that criticism, because we are not winning - that's football.

The situation with Aston Villa is very difficult and makes some silly things happen sometimes. Everybody has to keep calm, face their responsibilities, look in the mirror and ask themselves what they can do to get out of this difficult situation.

– Aston Villa manager Remi Garde


Six men arrested after disorder at FA Cup tie

Police have arrested six men after an inquiry into violence which broke out before an FA Cup qualifying round tie between two non-league clubs.

West Midlands Police said the men, aged between 18 and 28, were detained on Thursday in connection with disorder at the match between Willenhall-based Sporting Khalsa and FC United of Manchester.

Those arrested from the Willenhall, Bilston and Wednesfield areas, have since been granted police bail pending further inquiries.

A bin and a flare were thrown as stewards attempted to stop a brawl involving a small number of supporters before the match on October 24, which FC United won 3-1.

We continue to appeal for information to identify other suspects involved in the disorder and we also need witnesses to come forward with information to help with the investigation.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact me on 101.

Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

– Sergeant Mick Wilkinson, West Midlands Police

Teams find out opponents in FA Cup third round

The FA Cup third round has taken place Credit: PA

Teams from across the Midlands have found out who they will be playing in the third round of the FA Cup.

The ties will be played between 8 and 11 January.

FA Cup third round fixtures involving Midlands clubs:

  • West Brom v Bristol City
  • West Ham v Wolves
  • Northampton Town v MK Dons
  • Peterborough v Preston
  • Birmingham v AFC Bournemouth
  • Wycombe v Aston Villa
  • Brentford v Chesterfield/Walsall
  • Nottingham Forest v QPR
  • Doncaster Rovers v Stoke City
  • Cardiff City v Grimsby/Shrewsbury
  • Tottenham v Leicester City
  • Salford/Hartlepool v Derby


Defeat to non-League Salford City 'a disaster' - Moniz

Notts County manager Ricardo Moniz (left) said Salford City deserved the win. Credit: PA

Notts County manager Ricardo Moniz has conceded his side's defeat to non-League Salford City in the first round of the FA Cup was "a disaster".

Salford, who are co-owned by Manchester United legends Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, play in the Evo-Stik Premier League and claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over their League Two opponents at Moor Lane.

Salford City's James Poole (right), Scott Burton (centre) and Elliot Kebbie celebrate their FA Cup first round win over Notts County Credit: PA

Moniz admitted Salford deserved the win.

I will never forget this. It has been a disaster for Notts County.

They deserved to win, they were better. They wanted it more.

– Ricardo Moniz
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