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West Brom release statement over crowd trouble at Aston Villa

Fans invaded the pitch at half-time. Credit: Reuters

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 during the game as Tim Sherwood's men beat the Baggies 2-0 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals.

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 on Sunday 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 statement.

"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."

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Reports: Fabian Delph 'bitten' by overexcited fans

There are reports that Villa goalscorer Fabian Delph was bitten by fans during the pitch invasion, following today's FA Cup clash against West Bromwich Albion.

"My armband got nicked, someone got my left boot, but I could appreciate the relief the fans are feeling after a result like that. It was dangerous. Someone tried to take my boot off. People tried to kiss me and were biting me. It was scary."

– Fabian Delph, quoted in the Telegraph

Fabian Delph: Pitch invasion 'very, very scary'

Villa's Fabian Delph has spoken about the fans rushing on at the end of the match and admits he was concerned.

Press Association reporter Nick Mashiter said the goalscorer described the pitch invasion at the end as 'very, very scary'.

Read: Aston Villa are heading to Wembley after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in the FA Cup Sixth Round.

Aston Villa fans celebrate amongst Leandro Bacuna (centre) and Jack Grealish (right) as they invade the pitch after the final whistle Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Aston Villa fans celebrate as they invade the pitch after the final whistle Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
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Sherwood identifies his key man at Aston Villa

Agbonlahor is key to Sherwood at Villa. Credit: PA

Tim Sherwood has called on Gabriel Agbonlahor to repeat his derby heroics and insisted he is crucial to Aston Villa's survival bid.

The forward scored just his fourth goal of the season in Villa's 2-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday, which lifted them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

It's about this time when Gabby normally comes out and starts keeping this team in the league. I had a lot of chats with him, a lot of chats with Christian and every player. The strike partnership outside the top six, they've got to be the best two. But on paper doesn't make any difference, you have to go and prove it and go and do it. It shouldn't be ignored and I think it was appreciated by the fans the other night, they were singing his name, you can't imagine how much players grow from that. I've managed one of the hottest strikers in English football at the moment, Harry Kane, he had to win over those Tottenham fans.

– Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood.
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